The arrival of Hashimoto, an important signal for gender equality: IOC

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La Jornada newspaper
Friday, February 19, 2021, p. a12

Tokyo As expected, the Olympic medalist in speed skating in Albertville 1992 and former cyclist, Seiko Hashimoto, 56, was appointed president of the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Games, which will be held from 23 July next, in replacement for Yoshihor Mori, who resigned after making sexist remarks that caused a major scandal.

I hope I can make some contribution (to the success of the Games) and for that reason I am here, to be at the forefront of the organization at the Olympic and Paralympic events, said Hashimoto, one of the few leading Japanese women in the Liberal Party Democrat.

Shortly before, she presented to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga her resignation from the government and will be replaced by Tamayo Marukawa (50 years old), who had already been Minister of the Games, between 2016 and 2017.

Hashimoto added that the measures in the Games to fight against the coronavirus, always threatening despite the arrival of the first vaccines, will be the absolute priority, because he wants the public, both in Japan and abroad, to feel that the Olympic Games are insurance.

The new board added that she wants to give back what she has received as an Olympian.

IOC President Thomas Bach highlighted in a statement that with the appointment of a woman as president, the Tokyo 2020 committee is also sending a very important signal regarding gender equality.

From the Australian Open in Melbourne, where she had just beaten Serena Williams to reach the final, Naomi Osaka claimed that Hashimoto’s nomination was a good thing. Barriers are being broken down, especially for women. The Japanese tennis player had described Mori as ignorant after his sexist statements.