The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, is set to step down after sexist remarks he made about women were leaked to Japanese media last week, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday.
Mori had in a meeting of the Olympics board of trustees last week stated that “board meetings with lots of women take longer” because “women are competitive, if one member raises their hand to speak, others might think they need to talk too.
“If you want to increase female membership, you would be in trouble unless you put time limits in place,” he is reported to have added.
Speaking at a news conference the next day, the 83-year-old former Japanese Prime Minister confirmed he made the remarks behind closed doors and said he was sorry for doing so.
Mori, who is the head of the organizing committee for the Games, had previously said he was not considering stepping down, but continued public outrage appears to have forced him to consider resigning.