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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics chief Mori declines to resign over sexist remarks

Comments draw global criticism as calls for his ouster grow

"I apologize and am remorseful for the remarks," Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori tells reporters in Tokyo on Thursday.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Sexist remarks made by Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori have drawn fire at home and abroad, in a further blow to organizers who face criticism for insisting the event will be held this summer despite rising COVID-19 infections and costs.

"I apologize and am remorseful for the remarks," Mori told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday. He said he "withdraws" his comments as they were inappropriate and against the Olympic spirit. However, he said he has "no intention" to step down.

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