IOC welcome Tokyo 2020 golf venue u-turn on women members (Reuters)

FILE PHOTO: A club house of Kasumigaseki Country Club is pictured  in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, January 25, 2017.   REUTERS/Oh Hyun

International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates has welcomed the decision of the club which will host the golf tournaments at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to admit women as full members. The private Kasumigaseki Country Club took the decision to change its bylaws at an extraordinary board meeting on Monday after being told last month that the IOC would find another venue if the policy remained unaltered. “As we have said all along, gender equality is a fundamental principle of the Olympic Movement and an important part of Olympic Agenda 2020, and we believe this decision now reflects this,” Coates, the head of the IOC coordination commission which advises Tokyo Games organizers, said.

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