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The Director of the «Tokyo 2020» was fired after the proposal to dress up the actress in a pig

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This is the second scandal involving the leaders of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. In February, the head of the organizing committee resigned due to sexist statements

The Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee has accepted the resignation of creative director Hiroshi Sasaki over the idea of actress and model Naomi Watanabe appearing as a pig in the opening ceremony. This was announced by the chairman of the organizing committee, Seiko Hashimoto, as quoted by Kyodo.

"I'm sorry, his comments are inappropriate," Hashimoto said. — It's hard to make the opening ceremony from scratch again, I think we should organize it based on Sasaki's suggestions."

Sasaki suggested that Watanabe, dressed as a pig, be lowered from the sky during the opening ceremony. This scene was supposed to take place in a segment called Olympig, where the English word pig — "pig" - would be played out. After the criticism, Sasaki apologized and resigned, which was accepted by Hashimoto.

This is the second scandal involving the leaders of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. In February, Hashimoto was replaced as head of the organizing committee by Yoshiro Mori, who resigned over sexist remarks.

The former head of "Tokyo 2020" was at the center of a scandal because of a statement at a meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) that the increase in the number of women in sports committees and federations leads to a delay in meetings there. In particular, he said that women have a "strong sense of competition" and that when one of them raises her hand, "everyone ends up saying something" and the meeting has to be extended.

The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed for a year. The new dates of the Games are from July 23 to August 8, 2021. At the same time, the name of the Olympic Games "Tokyo 2020" was retained.

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