‘Olympig’ scandal: Tokyo Olympics creative director offers to quit after offensive remark

The executive creative director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has promised to resign after making “inappropriate” comments relating to a plus-size actress and fashion designer.

Naomi Watanabe is a well-known Japanese entertainer. Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki is resigning after making demeaning comments about her. Picture: Kyodo News via AP

Hiroshi Sasaki proposed a section in the opening ceremony which involved Naomi Watanabe coming down from the sky dressed as a pig, according to the magazine Shukan Bunshun.

According to Kyodo News, Sasaki accepted he had made “a very inappropriate expression in my ideas and remarks”, and vowed to offer his resignation.

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It is the latest controversy to hit the Tokyo build-up after organising committee president Yoshiro Mori resigned last month following a sexism row.

Tokyo Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki has offered to resign.

Sasaki claimed his idea had been intended as a play on the word ‘Olympic’ to ‘Olympig’, with Watanabe “wearing a cute pink costume and sticking her tongue out.”

Sasaki added to the magazine: “I thought that would make her look charming, but I was immediately reprimanded by male staff. I feel remorse.”

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