Five organizing bodies of this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are planning to hold a joint meeting as early as next week to discuss preparations in the wake of a leadership change in the organizing committee following a sexism row, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Wednesday.
The meeting, which was originally scheduled between Japanese representatives and International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach this month, is likely to be expanded to include the International Paralympic Committee, Koike said during a metropolitan assembly session.
Representatives of the central and Tokyo municipal governments, as well as the organizing committee, will take part in discussions. On Feb. 18, Seiko Hashimoto, a former Olympics minister, took over as president of the organizing committee.
"All of the organizers (of the games) will work together as one to host a successful games," Koike said.
Hashimoto succeeded Yoshiro Mori, the 83-year-old former prime minister who resigned over comments widely criticized as sexist that women tend to talk too much in meetings.
A meeting by the four Olympic organizing bodies other than the IPC was originally scheduled to take place this month. Koike had said it should be pushed back after Mori's comments drew criticism in Japan and abroad.
Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian, resigned as Olympics minister to take over as president of the organizing committee. Tamayo Marukawa, a lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, succeeded Hashimoto as Olympics minister.