Corporate sponsors of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are voicing concerns that supporting the global sporting event during an ongoing pandemic has been made even riskier, thanks to the sexist remarks made last week by Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori.

According to the organizing committee, several sponsors raised concerns during a meeting that advertising at the games could do more harm than good, as Mori's comments continue to draw criticism. Sponsors of the games include major companies such as Asahi Breweries Ltd., Canon Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc., though it is unclear if these companies were the ones that spoke out.

Mori’s remarks were “regrettable in that they contradict the Olympic philosophy,” said one sponsor, according to a report by the Mainichi Shimbun.