Tokyo Olympics president resigns over sexist comments

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Olympics organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori announces his resignation at a meeting with council and executive board members at the committee headquarters in Tokyo on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Tokyo Olympics organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori resigned for his sexist remarks. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)

Olympics organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori announces his resignation at a meeting with council and executive board members at the committee headquarters in Tokyo on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Tokyo Olympics organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori resigned for his sexist remarks. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)

Olympics organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori announces his resignation at a meeting with council and executive board members at the committee headquarters in Tokyo on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Tokyo Olympics organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori resigned for his sexist remarks. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 7:24 AM PT – Friday, February 12, 2021

The president of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has stepped down from his position after facing criticism for making sexist remarks about women.

Earlier this month, Yoshiro Mori faced public backlash after implying women talk too much. While speaking during an executive board and council meeting Friday, he announced his resignation.

“As it has been reported, as of today I intend to resign as president,” he stated. “The important thing is for the Olympic to be held in July and in order to hold the Olympics, if my presence is a hindrance to the preparations, this cannot be allowed.”

Officials with the International Olympic Committee released a statement committing to the upcoming games this summer and said they are working “hand-in-hand” with Mori’s successor.

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