Tokyo Olympic Golf Course Urged to End Discrimination against Women (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 2 (Jiji Press)—On Thursday, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee urged the operator of a golf course set to host events in the 2020 Games to revise its discriminatory membership policy against women.

The committee sent Kimura Kiichi, president of Kasumigaseki Country Club in the city of Kawagoe near the capital, a letter calling on the golf club to change its rules to accept female members. The letter was cosigned by the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japan Golf Association and the International Golf Association.

Representatives from the organizing committee, the JOC and the JGA plan to meet with Kasumigaseki Country Club officials on Friday to make the request directly, people familiar with the matter said.

Mutō Toshirō, director-general of the organizing committee, told reporters Thursday that the four organizations have "grave concerns" about the membership policy and want the golf club to change it "as soon as possible."

On Friday, the organizing committee received a written demand from the International Olympic Committee that the membership policy be revised to reflect the Olympic Charter, which opposes any form of discrimination, including in terms of sex.

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