Yoshiro Mori has resigned as president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee in the wake of sexist comments he made earlier this month.
Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, announced the decision at a Friday executive board meeting, nine days after the comments and five months before the Games are scheduled to begin.
Mori, who’d led the organizing committee since 2014, made the comments to the Japanese Olympic Committee on Feb. 3. He said that board meetings with too many women “take so much time.”
“Women have a strong sense of rivalry,” he said. “If one raises her hand to speak, all the others feel the need to speak, too. Everyone ends up saying something.”