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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.

He will take over from Yoshiro Mori, 83, who has decided to step down after his sexist comments last week sparked a global uproar and an exodus of volunteers. The games also face lingering uncertainties over COVID-19, with Japan fighting a third wave.

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