golf venue postpones decision on ending ban on women
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[February 07, 2017]
TOKYO (Reuters) - The
Kasumigaseki Country Club, which is set to host golf for the Tokyo
2020 Olympics, failed to reach a decision about ending a ban on
women as full members on Tuesday, with the head of its board of
directors calling the situation "a nuisance."
The board meeting followed calls to shift the tournament from the
private club in Saitama prefecture because of the rule, which allows
women to play Monday through Saturday but bars them from becoming
full members and from playing on Sundays.
The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee sent a letter to the club
last week appealing for it to reconsider the policy.
Opinions at the meeting were divided, public broadcaster NHK said,
with some of the members saying barring women from full membership
was out of step with the times while others said the opinions of all
club members should be considered.
Board chairman Kiichi Kimura later told reporters that the club was
basically in the position of loaning out the venue for the Olympics.
"That this situation has developed is a nuisance for us, it's really
perplexing," he said.
Japanese media has said a unanimous vote of the 15-member board is
required to change the rule.
Both men's and women's tournaments will be held at the club in 2020,
following the return of the sport to the Summer Games at last year's
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People play golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Saitama
Prefecture, Japan, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Oh Hyun
Two of the most famous golf clubs in the world have changed their
policies to allow female members in recent years.
In 2014, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews decided to
allow women to join after 260 years of exclusion, and Augusta
National, home of the U.S. Masters, ended its men-only membership in
(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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