Ex-PM to head Tokyo 2020 organising committee

AFP| Last Updated: Jan 24, 2014, 22:58 PM IST

Tokyo: Former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori will head the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic organising committee, officials announced on Friday.

Mori, 76, will serve as the committee`s president while ex-deputy governor of the Bank of Japan Toshiro Muto, 70, will act as chief executive officer.

"There is a need for all of us concerned to work as one," Mori, who was Japan`s leader from 2000-2001, said.

Tokyo won the bid for the Games in September, pipping Madrid and Istanbul, despite questions being raised over its handling of a meltdown at Fukushima nuclear power plant following a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Mori has been president of the Japan Rugby Football Union since 2005 and is still a member of the lower house of parliament.

He was seen as being instrumental in Japan`s successful bid to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Tokyo previously hosted the Summer Games in 1964.