Figure skater Mao Asada chided Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizing committee chief Yoshiro Mori for criticizing her efforts at the Sochi Games upon her return from Russia on Tuesday.

Mao finished 16th in the women's individual short program last Wednesday after falling while trying to land her trademark triple axel, before recovering to record a personal best in the free skate a day later to finish the overall competition in sixth place.

Former Prime Minister Mori on Thursday accused Mao of "always falling at the most critical time" of a competition, and the Vancouver Olympic silver medalist offered the 76-year-old a gentle rebuke after arriving back in Japan on Tuesday morning.