2020 Olympics host venue debate over women members branded ‘a nuisance’

Olympiclogo
The situation regarding whether to admit women members at the 2020 Olympics host venue in Tokyo has been branded ‘a nuisance’ by the head of its board of directors.

Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private facility on the outskirts of the Japanese capital, refuses to allow women to be members and play on Sundays.

That this situation has developed is a nuisance for us

- Kiichi Kamura

The club has come under fire from the International Olympic Committee, Japan Golf Council and Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee for its stance, with calls to move the tournament to a more inclusive venue.

READ MORE -> Olympic Golf course could ‘die’ very soon

Hideki Matsuyama1

READ MORE -> Nicolas Colsaers slams plight of Rio course

But while the bodies have urged the club to reconsider its policy, a recent vote proposing the end of the ban had to be postponed, with the 15-man board unable to get the unanimous vote needed to change the ruling.

“That this situation has developed is a nuisance for us, it’s really perplexing,” board chairman Kiichi Kamura told Japanese media.

Both men’s and women’s tournaments are currently scheduled to be held at the club in 2020, following the return of the sport to the Summer Games at last year’s Rio Olympics.

Golf News

WATCH: 500 balls, 1 day, 1 hole-in-one challenge
Michelle Wie 'to take some time away' from golf
Tiger doubter forced to get huge tattoo after Woods’ Masters win
Steve Williams links Tiger’s comeback to Arnold Palmer’s death
Royal Troon takes golf into the classroom for Ayrshire kids

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
A bad grip will lead to bad swings
Watch
play button
Strengthening your grip
Watch
play button
Use your hands less during the golf swing
Watch
play button
Shifting your weight at impact for more power
Watch
See all videos right arrow