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Tokyo 2020 chairman critical of Mao Asada
Tokyo 2020 head Yoshiro Mori critical of Japanese figure skater Mao Asada's performance
Associated Press
2014-02-20 11:22 PM

TOKYO (AP) -- The head of Tokyo's 2020 Olympic organizing committee has criticized Japanese figure skater Mao Asada's performance in the women's short program at the Sochi Olympics.

The two-time world champion finished 16th in Wednesday's short program after falling on her opening triple axel.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who became the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee's chairman last month, said Asada has a habit of "always falling at the most critical time" of a competition. He blamed Asada's short program shortcomings on her participation in the earlier team event at Sochi.

While in office, Mori had a reputation for making contentious comments. His appointment to the Tokyo 2020 committee was criticized by some analysts who believe the 76-year-old former PM is too old to hold such a position.

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