Reaction to reports Tokyo 2020 chief Mori to resign

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FILE PHOTO: Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organising Committee, attends a news conference in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, is set to step down, sources said on Thursday, after setting off a social media firestorm with sexist comments about how women talk too much.

The following are reactions from Japan and the world of sports.

MIZUHO FUKUSHIMA, HEAD OF OPPOSITION SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (Twitter)

"This is the result of many, many women raising their voices. Of course this doesn't resolve the problem. We need to create a society of gender equality in all places. Let's get to work!"

HAYLEY WICKENHEISER, IOC MEMBER AND SIX-TIME OLYMPIAN (Twitter)

"Progress."

KENJI KIMIHARA, MARATHON SILVER MEDALLIST AT 1968 OLYMPICS (to Reuters)

"That was a problematic comment of very grave nature. I think resignation would set things straight and help realise the Tokyo Games."

KAZUO SHII, HEAD OF THE JAPAN COMMUNIST PARTY (Twitter)

"The organizing committee, the JOC, and the government need to reflect deeply on their response up to this point. It's necessary to use this as a chance to address the distortions in Japan, which as a society is behind in gender equality."

KANAE DOI, JAPAN DIRECTOR FOR HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (Twitter)

"After all this time, (the successor of Mori is) an elderly man, again!? Gender disparity in Japanese sports can’t be solved without a fundamental change in Japan as a whole."

MASAZUMI GOTODA, RULING PARTY LAWMAKER (Twitter)

"Because of Mori's comments, I've recognized again the important of gender equality and diversity. Discrimination is absolutely unacceptable. Let's make this a chance to once again broadcast this universal value as a legacy to Japan and the world."

KAYO ITO, FEMALE OFFICE WORKER IN TOKYO (to Reuters)

"I think it's the right thing to do. It was embarrassing for Japan...I honestly don't think this decision needs two weeks of discussion. I think it is a shame for Japan that they didn't swiftly move after the remarks."

(Corrects name of ruling party lawmaker to Masazumi Gotoda)

(Reporting by Elaine Lies, Kiyoshi Takenaka, Hideto Sakai and Eimi Yamamitsu; editing by Jane Wardell and Kim Coghill)