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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo scrambles to find new Olympic chief after Mori resigns

In day of drama, expected replacement Kawabuchi turns down role

Yoshiro Mori, former head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, stepped down on Friday over sexist comments he made a week ago.

TOKYO -- The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics were in turmoil on Friday after its president resigned over sexist remarks and his anointed successor turned down the job.

Less than six months before the planned opening of the Tokyo Olympics, the organizing committee is scrambling to find a new president to replace Yoshiro Mori. The 83-year-old former prime minister stepped down over the comments he made a week ago -- remarks that drew a storm of domestic and international criticism and exposed Japan's poor record on female participation at the highest level.

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