Tokyo 2020 president: shocked at creative head’s derogatory comments on entertainer

Society Sports Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto speaks during a news conference regarding the report of a Japanese weekly magazine, in Tokyo, Japan March 18, 2021. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS
Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto speaks during a news conference regarding the report of a Japanese weekly magazine, in Tokyo, Japan March 18, 2021. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - The president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee said she was shocked and surprised at its creative head’s derogatory comments about a female Japanese entertainer.

“It should have never happened,” President Seiko Hashimoto said at a news conference. She said she accepted his resignation offer, considering gender equality as a priority for the organisation.

Tokyo Olympics creative head Hiroshi Sasaki, who handles the opening and closing ceremonies for the Games, said he had resigned over his derogatory comments.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

Reuters