A woman has been named the new Tokyo Olympics chief – replacing a man who was forced to resign after saying women talk too much. Japan’s Seiko Hashimoto, who has competed in four winter and three summer Games as a speed skater and cyclist, takes over from Yoshiro Mori following his departure last week over the sexist remarks . Her name Seiko comes from “seika”, which translates as Olympic flame in English. Women allowed to attend ruling party’s meetings – as long as they keep quiet Ms Hashimoto announced on Thursday that she had resigned as Japan’s Olympics minister to take up her new role as president of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee. The 56-year-old, who won a bronze medal in the speed skating 1,500m at the ’92 Winter Olympics, was appointed after a meeting of its executive board, which is 80% male. Advertisement “Now I’m here to return what I owe as an athlete and to return back what I received,” she told the board. Having also held a portfolio dealing with gender equality, she brought up the issue and told her nearly all-male audience: “As the background to my selection, I understand that there is a gender-parity related… Read full this story
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