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Tokyo 2020: Olympic golf venue votes to admit women as full members

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf venue has voted to admit women as full members. The Kasumigaseki Country Club risked being stripped of the event if it did not change its membership policy, after being warned by the International Olympic Committee earlier this month.

Women were previously not allowed to become full members or play on Sundays, but that has changed following a unanimous decision by the executive board.

“On behalf of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, I’d like to extend my gratitude to the members of the club for their understanding and cooperation,” said committee president Yoshiro Mori. “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.”

Muirfield golf club recently voted to admit women as members for the first time in its history and was reinstated almost immediately by the R&A as a venue for the Open Championship.

This year’s National Golf Month will focus on getting more women playing the game.