Now, employees have revealed that the Olympic Committee did not approach the four-time Grand Slam champion with the opportunity to light the cauldron until after the disgraced chief resigned.
The anonymous employee said Mori also thought it would be funny for Matsui to light the flame, “in the sense that Godzilla breathes flames, and Matsui would be lighting the cauldron.”
An employee of Dentsu, a PR firm who exclusively partnered with the Tokyo games, also said the committee had previously been forced to listen to the 84-year-old and likely would have had to give in to demands that the former Yankees star light the flame.
The Daily Beast reports that the employee, also remaining anonymous, said: “If he wanted something changed or something done, then it was done. Mori was practically the voice of God.”