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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Seven-time Olympian's latest hurdle is planning the Tokyo Games

New chief Seiko Hashimoto takes baton from mentor Mori after sexism scandal

Seiko Hashimoto competes in the 1,500-meter speed skating race during the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, where she won a bronze medal. Hashimoto has competed in seven Olympic Games throughout her career.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Seiko Hashimoto is no stranger to the Olympics, having competed in seven of the games as a speed skater and a cyclist, more than any other woman in Japan.

After decades as a fixture in Japan's sports and political circles, both of which have traditionally been dominated by men, she is now taking on a new challenge as chief for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee.

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