A woman, Seiko Hashimoto, takes the head of the organizing committee

Following Yoshiro Mori’s resignation due to controversy, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee appointed Seiko Hashimoto as president.

Unsurprisingly, it was the Japanese Minister for the Olympic Games and Gender Equality, Seiko Hashimoto, who was chosen to replace Yoshiro Mori as President of the Organizing Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Mori was forced to resign after making sexist comments that sparked controversy.

It is therefore a strong message from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee to entrust the post to a woman, and what is more, a woman Minister for Gender Equality in Japan. . Many expected his appointment since a few days ago, Seiko Hashimoto submitted his resignation from the government to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. One thing is certain, Hashimoto is more than motivated: “I will spare no effort for the success of the Tokyo Games. “

The Olympics, a world that Hashimoto knows well

If Seiko Hashimoto was appointed president, it is also and above all because she knows the Olympic Games well. A former speed skater and track cyclist, the Japanese competed in seven Olympic Games during her career. Four winter Olympics and three summer Olympics. If she has never won a gold medal in these sports, she nonetheless obtained a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, in 1992. Subsequently, she got involved. in Japanese politics, without forgetting sport. In 2014, she notably headed the Japanese delegation to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The Organizing Committee met on February 16 to choose Yoshiro Mori’s successor based on five criteria: in-depth knowledge of the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and sport in general, understanding the principles of the Tokyo 2020 Games and the Olympic Charter, including gender equality, diversity and inclusion, have experience on the world stage and have an international profile, understand the general context of the Tokyo 2020 Games and their current state of preparation and finally have organizational management skills.

So Seiko Hashimoto met all these criteria, five months before the scheduled date for the opening of the sporting event.