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Tokyo Olympics chief Hashimoto remembers Olympian and politician Kiyoko Ono

 Visiting US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chief Robert Mueller (R) shakes hands with Kiyoko Ono. (AFP)
Visiting US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chief Robert Mueller (R) shakes hands with Kiyoko Ono. (AFP)
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19 Mar 2021 07:03:41 GMT9
19 Mar 2021 07:03:41 GMT9

Arab News Japan 

TOKYO: Tokyo Olympics head Seiko Hashimoto commented on Friday on the recent death of pioneer Olympian Kiyoko Ono, who competed at the 1960 Rome and 1964 Tokyo Games.

 Ono won a bronze medal on home soil in 1964 as a member of the Japan gymnastics team. She died a week ago from COVID-19.

 “I want to offer my sincere condolences,” said Hashimoto, who won Olympic bronze as a speedskater.

“She was a pioneer. She always commented on how women’s sports trailed those of the men and took the matter up in the Diet. When I started as a politician, she was already a very active Upper House member.

“She said we had to reform the role of women in sports and politics. We worked together and she gave me a lot of guidance.I want to follow in her footsteps and live up to her achievements, which at least means having a successful Tokyo Games. I wanted her to see these Olympics and it’s a shame that she won’t, but I am going to do my best and I’m sure she will be delighted in heaven.”

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