Golf – Tokyo venue under fire for barring female members

TOKYO: A Japanese nonprofit group has demanded the golf tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics be shifted from the Kasumigaseki Country Club which does not accept women as full members.

The Japan Golf Council, unaffiliated with the sport’s domestic governing body, the Japan Golf Association – said on Tuesday that it had sent a letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach proposing an alternative venue.

The membership policy “is quite contrary to the spirit of the Olympic Games,” said Eiko Ohya, chairwoman of the council.

The Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private club in neighbouring Saitama prefecture, lets women play Monday through Saturday but bars them from becoming full members and from playing on Sundays.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com

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