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20 March 2017, 07:53 | Charlene Valdez
The private Kasumigaseki Country Club
Muirfield (HCEG) overturned their no-female policy last week, which draws very obvious parallels with the vote at Kasumigaseki Country Club. First, Muirfield Golf Club admitted women members last week and was allowed back in the Open Championship rotation.
Facing an ultimatum, 2020 Olympic golf tournament host Kasumigaseki Country Club has voted to admit female members, satisfying a condition of ending its all-male membership to continue as host of both golf tournaments for the Tokyo games.
"We are pleased to learn that the Kasumigaseki Country Club voted today.to amend the club's membership policy in keeping with the spirit of the Olympic Charter", Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said in a statement.
The embattled golf venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said Monday it chose to change its rules to allow women to become full members.
In the span of a week, two golf clubs that will host big events in the next several years changed their policies on allowing women members.
Founded in 1929 as a private club, Kasumigaseki is one of Japan's oldest and most prestigious golf clubs.
"I also would like to express my admiration for the club's endeavour to come to an agreement in such a short period of time". There is not a lot of honor in inadvertently changing course, but maybe this will shine a light on this issue in the future for other golf clubs around the world.
Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo, was critical of the rules as well.
Last month, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates warned the club to change its policy or organisers would be forced to find another venue.
In 2014, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews made a decision to allow women to join following 260 years of exclusion, after Augusta National, home of the U.S. Masters, had ended its men-only membership two years earlier.
Kasumigaseki Country Club are to overturn restrictions on female membership after International Olympic Committee threat to cut Tokyo 2020 status.
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