— Published 3 March 2021

Twelve women join the council

They must have been eleven. They will eventually be twelve. Meeting on Tuesday, March 2nd, the board of the Tokyo Games Organising Committee decided to add twelve women to its membership. Their names will be released on Wednesday after a board meeting chaired by new president Seiko Hashimoto. During the same meeting, Tuesday March 2nd, the Tokyo 2020 council decided to increase the number of its members, from 34 to 45. In its previous composition, it had only seven women, a proportion of 20%. With the arrival of twelve new members, the female representation has now reached 42%, which is above the target of 40% set by Seiko Hashimoto when she took on the presidency of the organising committee, replacing Yoshiro Mori. Two names have already leaked in the Japanese media: Takahashi Naoko, the Olympic marathon champion at the Sydney 2000 Games, and Obinata Kuniko, two-time Paralympic gold medalist in alpine skiing (pictured above). They should be joined by former athletes and gender experts.