Yamashita Leads Race For Joc President

Yamashita leads race for JOC president

The leading candidate for new president of the Japanese Olympic Committee appears to be Senior Executive Board Member Yasuhiro Yamashita.

Yamashita won a gold medal in men's judo in the open-weight category at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He is favored to be the next president by many on the JOC and the Tokyo Games organizing committee.

The president will be elected from the members of the new executive board to be chosen in June.

Another strong candidate is Senior Executive Board Member Kohzo Tashima, who is also president of the Japan Football Association.