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Olympic Village mayor tapped to replace embattled Mori

Ex-soccer association chief Saburo Kawabuchi to take reins of Tokyo's Summer Games

Saburo Kawabuchi, the 84-year-old former president of the Japan Football Association, is slated to succeed Yoshiro Mori as head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. (Photo by Tetsuo Oshiro)

TOKYO -- As the expected new head of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee, 84-year-old former Japan Football Association President Saburo Kawabuchi sees the coming games as a chance to cheer people up amid the grueling global fight against the coronavirus.

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