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Tokyo 2020 Golf Venue's Ban On Female Members Drawing Criticism From IOC

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 19 / 17

Golf faces the prospect of another "sexism" controversy as it has emerged that the IOC has "expressed its serious misgivings" about the 2020 Olympics events being staged on a Tokyo course which "not only excludes women from being full members -- but bans them altogether from playing on Sundays," acc...

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