Tokyo 2020 Chief Yoshiro Mori bowed to pressure and resigned Friday over sexist remarks.
However, his replacement was not immediately clear after opposition emerged to his favoured successor.
Mori, 83, sparked domestic and international outrage by claiming last week that women speak too much in meetings Officials, sports stars and Olympic sponsors said the remarks were inappropriate.
On Friday Mori announced he would step down, effective immediately.
“My inappropriate statement has caused a lot of chaos. I would like to express my sincere apologies,” Mori told a meeting of Tokyo 2020’s executives board and council called to discuss his remarks.
“I wish to resign as the president as of today” he added.