Seiko Hashimoto, a former Japanese minister and seven-time Olympian, has been appointed as the new president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee. She replaces the 83-year-old former president, Yoshiro Mori, who quit earlier this month after causing a firestorm of critiques internationally for comments on female colleagues that were widely viewed as sexist. Hashimoto, 56, had served since September 2019 as the Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has now resigned from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet to take on the new role, but she will remain as a member of Parliament. As former speed skater and track cyclist, Hashimoto has participated in seven editions of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Winter Games, and has led the Japan’s delegation to the Olympic Games multiple times. She won a bronze medal in the 1,500m speed skating event at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.