A senior Japanese Olympic Committee official has reportedly committed suicide. Citing a local TV report, Japan Times writes that investigators believe a senior official tied to the JOC’s accounting department took his own life in another dark turn for the Olympic games set to begin on July 23, after being postponed a year on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks near the Olympic Rings in Tokyo.
Reuters reports that the man at the center of the investigation was Yasushi Moriya, 52. According to news site Nikkei Asia witnesses saw the man leap from a Tokyo subway platform.
A series of resignations has rocked the JOC in the months leading up to the games, which have fueled concerns about spreading Covid-19.
Yoshiro Mori, who ran the organizing committee, stepped down in February amid complaints about being dismissive toward female colleagues. Creative director Hiroshi Sasaki also resigned earlier in the year over ideas considered insensitive to women.
And in 2019, JOC president Tsunekazu Takeda resigned his position after being accused of being involved in a bribery scandal to bring the games to Tokyo, which he denies.