Kawabuchi to turn down Tokyo 2020 chief Mori's request to replace him: Asahi

FILE PHOTO: Saburo Kawabuchi, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games athletes village mayor and former Japan Football Association president, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan February 2, 2020, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Picture taken February 2, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Saburo Kawabuchi, the 84-year-old former Japan Football Association president that Tokyo Olympic organising committee chief Yoshiro Mori hand-picked to replace him, has decided to decline the job, the Asahi newspaper reported on Friday.

(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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