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SÃO PAULO – Tokyo 2020 Games organizing committee chairman, Yoshiro Mori, gave sexist statements during a meeting with the Japanese Olympic Committee open to the press on Wednesday.

According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, one of the country’s largest, Mori complained that meetings with women are too long, in answering a question about the International Olympic Committee (IOC) plan to increase the number of women on its board to more than 40% of the total.

“In councils with many women, meetings take a long time,” said Mori, laughing, according to Asahi Shimbun. “Women have a strong sense of competition. If one person raises his hand, others probably think: I also need to say something. That’s why everyone talks”, added Yoshiro.

“If you increase the number of female executive members, and if your speaking time is not limited to a certain extent, it will be difficult to finish, which is annoying”, added Mori, former Prime Minister of Japan (2000-2001). “We need to regulate the speaking time to a certain extent, or else we will never be able to finish”, said Mori.

Asked by news agencies, the Tokyo-2020 press office did not comment on Mori’s words, which had a negative impact on social networks.

Also on Wednesday, the organizers of the Olympics began to announce more concrete information about the health protocols to be adopted during the Games. So far, they are maintained for July and August this year, even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With information from Folha de S. Paulo

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