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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Hunt for Tokyo 2020 head focuses on female seven-time Olympian

Hashimoto tipped for job after sexism row as COVID threatens Games again

Seiko Hashimoto, a speed skater and track cyclist, currently serves as Olympic minister. (File photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have narrowed down their search for a new leader to Seiko Hashimoto, the government's incumbent Olympic minister and a former athlete herself, Nikkei learned on Wednesday.

The organizing committee's panel tasked with selecting the next president nominated Hashimoto after former head Yoshiro Mori resigned last week over sexist remarks he made. The committee will ask Hashimoto on Thursday if she will accept the nomination. 

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