Japanese Olympic Committee deputy chief tests positive for COVID-19

Kozo Tashima, vice-president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and also president of the Japan Football Association (JFA), tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.

A JFA source revealed to Japan’s Kyodo news agency that Tashima was believed to have contracted the virus during his recent trip to Britain, the Netherlands and the United States from late February to early March on “official business,” Xinhua reports.

“Today, my test result showed positive for the new coronavirus,” Tashima said in a statement.

The 62-year-old, a former Japanese international, was elected as JFA chief in 2016 and was re-elected to the FIFA Council by the Asian Football Confederation last April.

“In Amsterdam and in Europe in early March, the level of nervousness against the novel coronavirus was not the same as now. Everyone was still doing hugs, handshakes and bises (cheek kissing),” the statement further added

Kyodo said that he watched international friendly matches during his recent trip and attended meetings about the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which Japan is bidding to host.


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