Olympic official in suicide death: report

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A senior Japanese Olympic Committee official has reportedly committed suicide just six weeks out from the Tokyo Games.

Broadcaster Nippon Television referred to reports from an underground train station.

Tokyo metropolitan police sources identified the official as 52-year-old Yasushi Moriya.

The Tokyo Games have been beset with problems.

Already postponed from last year because of the pandemic, a scaled-down version of the Games with no foreign spectators is set to start on July 23 despite public fears the event could drain medical resources and spread the coronavirus.

Japan is battling a fourth wave of infections with a slow vaccine rollout contributing to the rising number of severe virus cases.

The country has recorded nearly 750,000 cases and more than 13,000 deaths so far, with public sentiment growing against hosting the Games.


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