Japan’s Olympics minister Hashimoto top candidate to replace Mori as Tokyo 2020 president

Japan’s Olympics minister Hashimoto Seiko has been named the top candidate to become the new president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, the state broadcaster NHK said here on Wednesday.

NHK said that the eight-member selection committee for the new president has pegged the minister for the Tokyo Games chief to replace Yoshiro Mori, who resigned last week over sexist comments about women.

It said that the panel will ask Hashimoto’s personal opinion on whether to take the position.

The 56-year-old Hashimoto, who competed in four Winter Olympics as a speed skater and three Summer Olympics as a track cyclist, has served as the Olympics minister since September 11, 2019.