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2020 Tokyo Olympics Venue Continues To Ban Women From Full Membership

Golf’s return to the Summer Olympics last year was not void of controversy, as the Olympic Golf Course in Rio faced environmental issues and public opposition during construction – and now, according to some reports, is in trouble because of lack of play and proper upkeep.

Now, it appears that controversy has begun to overshadow the next Olympic golf venue, Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, near Tokyo, which will host the men’s and women’s competitions during the 2020 Games.

According to a Reuters report, the private club failed Tuesday to reach a decision about ending a ban on women becoming full members. Currently, women are allowed to play the course Monday through Saturday, but are prohibited from playing on Sundays and receiving full membership.

The meeting was held after the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee sent a letter to the club last week asking the club to reconsider the ban. The 15-person board needed to reach an unanimous decision to overturn the ban, but opinions were divided, according to public broadcaster NHK.

“That this situation has developed is a nuisance for us, it’s really perplexing,” board chairman Kiichi Kimura told reporters after the meeting.

Kasumigaseki isn’t the only notable club that has received criticism because of similar issues. Muirfield was removed from the British Open rota by the R&A after its board failed to vote in the allowance of female members. The club is expected hold another vote this year.

Other courses have overturned bans on female members, including the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in 2014 and Augusta National in 2012.

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