Tokyo 2020 adds 12 women to executive board
Olympics - 03 Mar 2021
The organising committee for this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games has appointed 12 women to its executive board.
The move, announced at an executive board meeting, significantly improves the board’s gender equality balance - there are now 19 women amongst its 45 members, or 42 per cent, and one of the seven vice-presidents will also be a woman.
Previously, seven out of 35 members were women, just over 20 per cent.
To accommodate these additions, the official board size has been increased from 35, with several resignations earlier this week also helping to free up space.
The changes have been instigated by Seiko Hashimoto, the committee’s new chair, who has said since she took up that position last month that she wants more gender equality on the board, and among its key members.
She said at the meeting: “Regarding the promotion of gender equality, we believe that it is necessary to work with a sense of speed and produce solid results in order to restore the trust in the organising committee."
Hashimoto’s appointment came after her predecessor, Yoshiro Mori, resigned after making disparaging comments about women on Japanese sporting committees.
He said in February, on the subject of more women being added to meetings of the Japanese Olympic Committee, that meetings “will go on for a long time… when one of them raises her hand [the rest] probably think they have to say something, too.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are set to take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021.