TOKYO: The golf club which will host Olympic competition in 2020 have agreed a rule change over women members after being warned that the IOC would order Games organisers to find another venue writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

The Kasumigaseki Country Club at Saitama is on of the oldest in Japan, founded in 1929, but its old traditions fell foul predictably of the International Olympics Committee.

At the weekend the executive voted to allow women to apply for full membership.

Yoshiro Moi, president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, welcomed the decision.

He said: “We are pleased to learn that the Kasumigaseki Country Club voted today at an extraordinary meeting of its executive board to amend the club’s membership policy in keeping with the spirit of the Olympic Charter.

“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. 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.

“Kasumigaseki Country Club is an outstanding venue with excellent courses, and we are proud it will be hosting world’s top-tier golfers from all over the world for the Olympics Games.

“I truly appreciate the numerous efforts that the club’s senior leaderships and all the club members have made so far to meet the requirements for hosting Olympic competitions. We will continue to make our very best efforts to prepare for and deliver a successful Tokyo 2020 Games.”