The President of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee plans to resign over sexist remarks, two sources said on Thursday (February 11).
Yoshiro Mori’s stepping down raises new doubts over the viability of holding the Games later this year.
While leading an Olympic Committee board meeting earlier this month, the former Japanese prime minister had said that women talk too much, setting off a storm of criticism at home and abroad.
Mori retracted his comments quickly after, saying it was inappropriate and against the Olympic spirit.
But when pressed on whether he thought women talked too much, he said, "I don’t listen to women that much lately, so I don’t know.”
Local media reported earlier that Mori is likely to express his intent to resign on Friday (February 12), when Olympics board members are meeting to discuss his sexist remarks.
A spokesman for the organizing committee declined to comment.
While Mori told Nippon TV that he would "explain his thoughts" at Friday's meeting, he did not confirm reports of his resignation.
He also vowed not to let the controversy drag on any longer.
Replacing Mori will be Saburo Kawabuchi, according to local TBS news.
He’s the former mayor of the Olympics village and president of the Japan Football Association.