Japan’s Hashimoto says she was selected as new Tokyo 2020 president

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Olympics Minister Hashimoto attends a news conference at PM Abe's official residence in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: Japan's Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

February 18, 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Seiko Hashimoto, a woman who has competed in seven Olympics, has been chosen as president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising committee, she said on Thursday, replacing a man who resigned over a furore about his sexist remarks.

Hashimoto had been Japan’s Olympics minister until she resigned on Thursday to take up her new role.

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)