- Jun 7, 2004
Tokyo (CNN)Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori said he will resign due to the fallout after sexist remarks he made at a meeting were leaked to the public.
Mori expressed his "deepest apologies" on Friday and said he would hand in his resignation by the end of the day, acknowledging that his "inappropriate statement has caused a lot of chaos."
"The important thing is that the Olympic Games are held in July," Mori said. "If I am going to be a distraction to organizing the Games by being in my position, I think that is a situation we should avoid."
News of his impending resignation was first reported by Japanese media on Thursday.
Mori, a former Japanese Prime Minister, has been under fire since last week, when he said that "board meetings with lots of women take longer" because "women are competitive -- if one member raises their hand to speak, others might think they need to talk too," according to reports in the Japanese press.