Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has become embroiled in a sexism row ©Getty Images

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori is facing allegations of sexism following reports he made derogatory remarks about women during a recent Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) meeting.

According to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, the 83-year-old former Prime Minister suggested women talk too much in meetings and they have "difficulty" speaking concisely.

Mori - known for public gaffes, particularly during his tenure as Prime Minister - reportedly said: "On boards with a lot of women, the meetings take so much time.

"When you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn't restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying.

"Women have a strong sense of competition. 

"If one person raises their hand, others probably think, I need to say something too. 

"That’s why everyone speaks.

"You have to regulate speaking time to some extent, or else we would never finish."

The Tokyo 2020 President reportedly made the remarks in a recent meeting ©Getty Images
The Tokyo 2020 President reportedly made the remarks in a recent meeting ©Getty Images

Mori's comments triggered a backlash on social media, with some users calling on him to resign as head of the Organising Committee.

They will not have been well received within the Olympic Movement, which is still striving for gender equality amid a lack of female representation in senior roles.

Marisol Casado and Annika Sorenstam are the only two female heads of a Summer Olympic International Federation (IF), while Kate Caithness is the sole woman in charge of a Winter Olympic IF.

The JOC only has five women on its 24-member Executive Board and there are seven females on the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board, according to Mori.

"We have about seven women at the Organising Committee but everyone understands their place," Mori added, according to the Asahi Shimbun.

A spokesperson for Tokyo 2020 declined to comment on the reports when contacted by insidethegames.