The Kasumigaseki Country Club are set to hold a vote next week ©Getty Images

Tokyo 2020 have requested the Kasumigaseki Country Club amend their rules to allow women to be full members as the board members of Olympic venue are set to conduct a vote.

Women are not currently eligible to become full members of the Ksumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

The 220 female part-members are also banned from playing at the club at specific times, including Sundays.

According to Kyodo News, the issue is set to be discussed as a board meeting on Tuesday (February 7), but the bylaws would require the unanimous support of all 15 board members.

Yukihiko Nunomura, Tokyo 2020 senior executive board member, confirmed he had spoken to the club’s head director Kiichi Kimura.

"It was explained that the matter will also have to be put before a general meeting given it's an important decision," he said.

"It is quite difficult to change the tradition of the club that has been run privately."

A letter was sent to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach last week, which proposing an alternative golf course is used during Tokyo 2020.

The Japan Golf Council wanted the venue to be moved from Kasumigaseki Country Club to Wakasu Golf Links, a public course on Tokyo Bay located much closer to the Olympic Village.

All 15 board members would have to agree for a change in policy to go ahead ©Getty Images
All 15 board members would have to agree for a change in policy to go ahead ©Getty Images

Eiko Ohya, chairwoman of the Council, which is unaffiliated with the sport's domestic governing body, the Japan Golf Association, claimed the club's membership policy is "quite contrary to the spirit of the Olympic Games".

Tokyo 2020 switched its proposed Olympic venue to the Kasumigaseki Country Club in January 2013, eight months before it was elected to host the Games after previously using Wakasu Golf Links in its bid.

Last month, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike asked the Kasumigaseki to admit women as full members.

In May 2016, it was confirmed by the Royal and Ancient that Muirfield will not be considered as a host of future British Open tournaments after the Scottish club voted against admitting women as members.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the owners of Muirfield, announced its decision to retain the club's male-only policy following a ballot of their 750 members.

In August 2012, the first female members of Augusta National Golf Club, venue of the Masters, were welcomed 79 years after the course opened.

Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, a partner of investment firm Rainwater, were the first women to be given memberships.