Toshiaki Endo, a former rugby player who has abundant experience in sports-related organizations, was appointed Thursday as new minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics.

The 65-year-old, who is also a former vice sports minister, said that he is ready to take the lead in what he called “Team Endo” — which comprises Cabinet ministers, bureaucrats, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games — to make the international event successful.

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