— Published 19 February 2021

The IOC names Seiko Hashimoto

Things didn’t drag on. Just hours after the official announcement of the appointment of Seiko Hashimoto as President of the Organising Committee for the Tokyo Games, the IOC issued a press release in which it “warmly welcomes the decision of the Tokyo 2020 Executive Council to appoint the seven-time Olympian”. The Olympic body suggests that the appointment of a woman as president is “an extremely strong message on the part of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee when it comes to gender equality“. As for Thomas Bach, he explains in the press release that his “Olympian colleague” Hashimoto Seiko was “the ideal choice for this position“. Without a doubt. But a week earlier, the Olympic body and its president had nevertheless assured, in response to Yoshiro Mori’s sexist remarks, that the case was closed, despite the Japanese leader having apologised…