TOKYO (Bloomberg) – Japan’s ambition to hold a successful Olympic Games in the face of the pandemic looks increasingly imperiled, after a top official’s sexist remarks undercut public support and sparked rare criticism from sponsors. With less than six months to go until the planned opening ceremony on July 23, Japan is pressing ahead with an event meant to draw attention back to an Asian power often overshadowed by China. But anger is simmering over Yoshiro Mori, the 83-year-old head of the organising committee, who last week publicly disparaged women for talking too much. Despite calls for the gaffe-prone former prime minister to step aside, he remains on the job. The Tokyo Olympics organising committee announced it would hold a meeting of its council and executive board Friday to discuss the latest setback for the virus-delayed event, which the government hopes won’t become the first Olympics cancelled since World War II. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Tuesday (Feb 9) that Mori’s comments were “absolutely inappropriate.” “The public relations mishandling of Tokyo 2020 is legendary,” said Andrew Zimbalist, a professor at Smith College, in Massachusetts, and author of several books on sports economics. Problems include alleged bribery over the bid… Read full this story
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