TOKYO (AP) — The soccer official who led Japan’s organizing committee of the 2002 World Cup has died. Shun-Ichiro Okano was 85.
Japan’s soccer federation announced on Friday that Okano died from lung cancer on Thursday in a hospital in Tokyo.
Okano played for and coached the national team, and served a four-year term as the soccer federation’s president through the 2002 World Cup co-hosted with South Korea.
The federation says in a statement it “would like to extend our deep gratitude for his lifelong dedication.”
Okano was also a member of the International Olympic Committee for more than 20 years until he reached the mandatory age limit of 80. He became an honorary IOC member in 2012.