Tokyo 2020: Golf course bows to pressure over female membership

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Publish Date : 2021-04-06


Tokyo 2020: Golf course bows to pressure over female membership

The Tokyo 2020 golf venue had faced the potential removal of its hosting rights after the International Olympic Committee said it would only go to a club with a non-discriminatory policy.

Despite having over 200 female golfers on its books, women were not allowed to become full members and couldn't play on certain Sundays -- restrictions that did not apply to men.



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The IOC made it clear it would have no trouble finding another venue if the policy remained in place, and the club's board members have acted swiftly to change its membership policy.

'I'd like to extend my gratitude to the members of the club for their understanding and cooperation,' Tokyo Games chief Yoshiro Mori said in a statement.

'Kasumigaseki Country Club is an outstanding venue with excellent courses, and we are proud it will be hosting top-tier golfers from all over the world for the Olympic Games.'

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Mori also praised the 'short period of time' in which the agreement had been reached following the public outcry.

Yuriko Koike, Tokyo's first female governor, had stressed she felt 'very uncomfortable' women could not become members 'in this day and age,' adding it should be 'a venue open to everyone.'

Meanwhile, Olympic silver medalist Lydia Ko said she hoped the notion of golf as a men's game could left behind in 'the past generations,' with the world No. 1 stressing how popular the women's game has become in Japan.

READ: Can Tokyo 2020 help revive Fukushima?

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Tokyo 2020 will be golf's second appearance on the Olympic program since 1904 after its return in Rio de Janeiro.

Skateboarding, karate, surfing, sports climbing and baseball/softball have all been approved by the IOC for upcoming Games.

The IOC made it clear it would have no trouble finding another venue if the policy remained in place, and the club's board members have acted swiftly to change its membership policy. 'Kasumigaseki Country Club is an outstanding venue with excellent courses, and we are proud it will be hosting top-tier golfers from all over the world for the Olympic Games.' READ: Tiger 'trying everything' for Masters return READ: Can Tokyo 2020 help revive Fukushima? Visit cnn.com/golf for more news and features Visit cnn.com/golf for more news and features Mori also praised the 'short period of time' in which the agreement had been reached following the public outcry. Tokyo 2020 will be golf's second appearance on the Olympic program since 1904 after its return in Rio de Janeiro. Despite having over 200 female golfers on its books, women were not allowed to become full members and couldn't play on certain Sundays -- restrictions that did not apply to men. Despite having over 200 female golfers on its books, women were not allowed to become full members and couldn't play on certain Sundays -- restrictions that did not apply to men. 'Kasumigaseki Country Club is an outstanding venue with excellent courses, and we are proud it will be hosting top-tier golfers from all over the world for the Olympic Games.' READ: Muirfield makes historic vote to allow women members Meanwhile, Olympic silver medalist Lydia Ko said she hoped the notion of golf as a men's game could left behind in 'the past generations,' with the world No. 1 stressing how popular the women's game has become in Japan. READ: Can Tokyo 2020 help revive Fukushima? Tokyo 2020 will be golf's second appearance on the Olympic program since 1904 after its return in Rio de Janeiro. Visit cnn.com/golf for more news and features READ: Muirfield makes historic vote to allow women members Visit cnn.com/golf for more news and features Skateboarding, karate, surfing, sports climbing and baseball/softball have all been approved by the IOC for upcoming Games. READ: Can Tokyo 2020 help revive Fukushima? 'Kasumigaseki Country Club is an outstanding venue with excellent courses, and we are proud it will be hosting top-tier golfers from all over the world for the Olympic Games.' 'Kasumigaseki Country Club is an outstanding venue with excellent courses, and we are proud it will be hosting top-tier golfers from all over the world for the Olympic Games.' READ: McIlroy: Muirfield women membership saga was 'obscene' Despite having over 200 female golfers on its books, women were not allowed to become full members and couldn't play on certain Sundays -- restrictions that did not apply to men. The Tokyo 2020 golf venue had faced the potential removal of its hosting rights after the International Olympic Committee said it would only go to a club with a non-discriminatory policy. Visit cnn.com/golf for more news and features The IOC made it clear it would have no trouble finding another venue if the policy remained in place, and the club's board members have acted swiftly to change its membership policy. READ: Can Tokyo 2020 help revive Fukushima? READ: Muirfield makes historic vote to allow women members

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