Tokyo 2020 has bolstered its organising committee for the city’s staging of the summer Olympic Games, addressing criticism of its existing ageing and male-orientated make-up by adding 28 new members.
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was formally established in January, with former Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori, the head. Among the 28 new additions are seven women, with athletes also figuring highly, including hammer-thrower, Koji Murofushi, gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Games; judoka Ayumi Tanimoto, who won gold in Athens and Beijing in 2008; Mayumi Narita, who won a total of 20 medals in Paralympic swimming between 1996 and 2004; Rie Tanaka, the female gymnast who took part in London 2012; and Yuko Arakida, a gold medallist in the women’s volleyball at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
In addition, Fujio Mitarai, former chairman of the Keidanren business organisation, has accepted the post of honorary president of Tokyo 2020. Other notable appointments include Akio Toyoda, president of Japanese automotive giant Toyota, and Upper House member Seiko Hashimoto, who led Japan’s delegation at the Sochi winter Games.