Tokyo Olympics: Mikako Kotani named as new sporting director

Mikako Kotani is a former Olympian who has won two bronze medals for Japan.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to take place in Tokyo in the year 2020. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the games have been postponed to 2021 while still retaining the ‘Tokyo 2020’ name for branding purposes. While it remains to be seen how the game will take place, organizers remain confident that the games will go on smoothly.

Kotani named Sporting Director

Mikako Kotani

The organizing committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics meanwhile, has named Mikako Kotani as its new sports director. She will take over the position from the 1st of October. Kotani is a former Olympian herself having won two bronze medals in synchronized swimming — now called artistic swimming — at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

She will replace Koji Murofushi, who is set to become Japan’s Sports Agency commissioner, which is a position in the Japanese government.

The Tokyo 2020 organising committee is headed by 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, former Prime Minister of Japan.

Kotani is also a member of the executive board of the Japanese Olympic Committee and one of the few women in a leadership position in Japan as the cabinet of new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has only two women.

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