January 13, 2017 / 11:07 AM / a year ago

Tokyo governor urges golf venue to allow women members

REUTERS - Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has asked the Kasumigaseki Country Club, venue of golf competition of the 2020 Olympic Games, to admit women as full members.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike makes a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Olympic Stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

“I feel very uncomfortable about women not being able to become a regular member in this era,” Koike told reporters on Friday.

The club situated in Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, also bars women from playing there on Sundays, according to a Kyodo news agency report.

Last year, Muirfield golf club lost its place on the rotation of venues for the British Open after a ballot in May rejected the lifting of a ban on women members.

The historic course close to Edinburgh, which has retained a male-only membership policy since it was founded in 1744, will hold a second vote to decide on the issue following a public outcry.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by John O'Brien

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