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Olympics: Ageing ex-PM to head Tokyo 2020 Games committee

Published on Jan 14, 2014 6:06 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - An ageing former Japanese prime minister who predicts he might not live until 2020 was formally appointed head of the committee organising Tokyo's Olympic Games on Tuesday.

Mr Yoshiro Mori, a 76-year-old rugby enthusiast, had already accepted an informal offer from the country's education minister after initially rejecting overtures on the grounds of his age.

"I am going on 77 this year," he told a seminar hosted by Kyodo News.

"I am destined to live five or six more years if I am lucky. This will be my one last service to the country," said Mr Mori, who has been president of the Japan Rugby Football Union since 2005.

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