Seven time Olympic competitor Seiko Hashimoto has been appointed as the new President of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee.
Hashimoto was sworn into the role having served as the minister for the Olympics and Paralympics for the Japanese government, following the resignation of Yoshiro Mori after making sexist remarks about women.
The 56-year-old has competed in seven Olympics across the summer and winter editions of the Games as a track cyclist and speed skater, where she won a bronze medal at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games.
Upon the announcement of her appointment, she delivered a short speech where she reiterated the objectives to host a safe Games amid a global pandemic.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has already had to deal with an unprecedented rescheduling of the tournament following the first COVID-19 outbreak last year and this year, concerns still remain about the health and safety of the athletes looking to compete.
Organisers said that the criteria for a new leader of the organising committee included a deeper understanding of gender equality and diversity, after Japan found themselves ranked 121st out of 153 countries on the World Economic Forum's 2020 Global Gender Gap Index, making them the worst ranking gap among advanced countries.
Author: Jake Wilkin