Panel Eyes Tokyo Games Min. Hashimoto for Mori Successor

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Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--A Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee panel to choose candidates for the committee's new president to succeed Yoshiro Mori, who is set to quit over his recent sexist remarks, is considering offering the post to Seiko Hashimoto, minister for the games, informed sources said Wednesday.

If Hashimoto, 56, a former Olympic speed skater and cyclist, accepts the offer, the committee is expected to hold a meeting of its Executive Board within this week to formalize her appointment as new president after carrying out necessary procedures, the sources said.

"I haven't heard anything," Hashimoto told reporters on Wednesday. She said later: "Things are going on based on the (selection) procedures. This is a personnel affair, so I have nothing more to say about it."

Hashimoto competed in a total of seven summer and winter Olympic Games. She won a bronze medal for women's 1,500-meter speed skating in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. She won her first seat on the Diet, Japan's parliament, in the 1995 election for the House of Councillors. She is in her fifth term as an Upper House lawmaker and has been serving as minister for the Tokyo Games since 2019.

At an extraordinary meeting on Friday, the organizing committee decided to establish the panel for selecting candidates for its new president. At its first meeting Tuesday, the panel drew up five criteria for the next head, including knowledge of the Olympics and Paralympics, understanding of gender equality and diversity, and international sensibility.

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