Print Edition - 2017-03-21  |  Sports Digest

Tokyo golf club lifts ban on women members

- Agencies, TOKYO

Mar 21, 2017-

The private Japanese club picked to host golf at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics decided on Monday to lift its controversial ban on full female membership after pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo, agreed to allow women members at an extraordinary board meeting on Monday, JiJi Press said. Immediate comment from the club was not available, but the decision was welcomed by organisers of the Tokyo Games. It came after IOC chief Thomas Bach on Friday reiterated his threat to take the golf event elsewhere, saying he was hopeful the club would opt for “non-discrimination”. Tokyo’s female governor Yuriko Koike had also complained about the ban, saying she felt “extreme discomfort” to see women with no right to be full members in the 21st century.

Published: 21-03-2017 10:03

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