Former Japan Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori has accepted the position to head the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizing committee, according to education and sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura. He initially refused to head the committee, but after an informal meeting on Sunday, he said yes and this decision is expected to be officially announced by January 24.
Japan Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said there is still no finalization of Mori’s position but believes the former prime minister is a “suitable” candidate for it. The decision will be made after a discussion between three parties, including the host city Tokyo. Tsuyoshi Aoki, a director of the JOC, said they are not at the final stage yet, but believes it is good news that “Mori-san” has accepted the offer. The 76-year-old Mori initially turned down the position because of his age but was eventually convinced to head the committee that will oversee all the preparations for the world’s biggest sporting event which will be held in six years.
Mori was one of who worked hard behind the scenes and was instrumental in winning the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is also the current head of the Japan Rugby Football Association and being a former athlete himself, Aoki believes he understands all the things that should be prepared for 2020. Other names that were linked to the position are Fujio Cho, the honorary chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation, and Fujio Mitarai, the chairman of Canon and former head of Nippon Keidanren, the country’s most powerful business lobby.
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