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JOC deputy head, JFA chief Kozo Tashima tests positive for coronavirus

Kyodo

Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima has tested positive for the coronavirus, a JFA source said Tuesday.

Tashima has sat on FIFA’s board of directors and currently serves as a vice president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, among a number of other high-level roles in sports administration.

The 62-year-old had traveled to England, the Netherlands and the United States from late February to early March on official business.

In a statement from the JFA, Tashima said he felt “fine” despite being “a little feverish and having symptoms of pneumonia.”

“I will concentrate on treatment according to my doctor’s instructions,” he said.

During the trip, he watched international friendly matches and attended meetings about the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which Japan is bidding to host.

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