Tokyo 2021: Senior Olympic official found dead

The Olympic Games in Tokyo are not going to be a lucky star in 2021 either. A Japanese committee official is found dead.

Tokyo – The Olympic Games are to begin in Tokyo in just under a month. The event is highly controversial – especially because of the global corona pandemic. Now a high-ranking member of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) is said to have committed suicide six weeks before the start of the Olympic Games in Japan.

According to Japanese media, the dead official was identified as 52-year-old Yasushi Moriya. He is said to have been captured by a subway in Tokyo on Monday morning (June 7th, 2021), as reported by the news portal “Thedailybeast”. According to information from the Tokyo police, Moriya is said to have worked in the accounts of the Japanese Olympic Committee. The Tokyo authorities believe that Moriya committed suicide.

Olympic Games 2021: high-ranking official died in Tokyo

Police confirmed to Reuters news agency that the fatality was being investigated on the Tokyo subway network, but did not provide any further details. A representative of the Japanese Olympic Committee stressed that the details of the accident are being investigated further. The news portal “Nikkei Asia” reports that there is no suicide note or similar evidence of suicide. Yasushi Moriya was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby Tokyo hospital.

The planned Olympic Games in Tokyo are heavily criticized. Although Japan announced in March that the sporting event would take place without spectators from other countries , concerns about a worsening of the corona situation in Japan are still growing. The number of infections in Tokyo has fallen as things stand, but Japan’s health system is still overloaded, as reported by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

The vaccination program is also gaining momentum, but only more than three percent of people in Japan are fully vaccinated. ” Vaccinations at the current rate do not help prevent infections during the Olympics,” Haruo Ozaki, chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, recently told the AP news agency. (Marvin Ziegele)

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