IOC warns Tokyo 2020 over men-only golf course

Kasumigaseki Country Club

The International Olympic Committee warns it will move the Tokyo 2020 golf event from its current venue if it does not admit women.

The Kasumigaseki Country Club does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays.

“I respect it’s a private club but our position is clear. We will only go to a club that has non-discrimination,” said IOC vice president John Coates.

“At some point there has to be a cut-off.”

However Coates added that he does not expect to have to find another host for the event.

Kasumigaseki

“It’s possible to go elsewhere but I think this is going to work out,” he added.

“My understanding is as recent as this week there have been more discussions with the club, that it’s heading in the right direction for them to have a non-discriminatory membership.

“It would appear that we should be able to have this resolved by the end of June.”

In February, club chairman Kiichi Kimura described the controversy as “annoying” after initial internal discussions had not resulted in any decision on Kasumigaseki’s membership policy.

“We are baffled,” he said.