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Tokyo 2020 organizers to review country club's membership policies

TOKYO -- Tokyo 2020 organizers say they will review membership practices at the golf course selected for the Olympic Games following criticism that it does not allow women as full members.

Founded in 1929, the Kasumigaseki Country Club is one of the oldest private clubs in Japan but does not allow women to become full members or to play on Sundays.

"The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee will continue studying the club owner's policy on the membership eligibility and responses to the public discussion," organizers said in a statement.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has urged the club to admit women as full members.

"I feel very uncomfortable about women not being able to become a regular member in this era," Koike said at a news conference.

Kasumigaseki has hosted more top-level tournaments than any other golf course in Japan.

Tokyo organizers said the club has hosted various national competitions including the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship in 1999, and it fully meets requirements for the Olympic-level golf competitions.