Naonobu Fujii, a former Japanese national volleyball player who also participated in the Tokyo Olympics and announced that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year, passed away.

he was 31 years old.

Originally from Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, Fujii is a setter belonging to Toray in the first division of the V League, and represented Japan at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago.

In February last year, when he was the captain of his team, he revealed on SNS that he was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer as a result of feeling unwell in his eyes and being hospitalized.

After that, he continued treatment, but his team announced on the 12th that he passed away on the 10th of this month.

The team said, "We cannot endure the sadness of losing a player who was the center of the team, including his personality, and who was expected to play an active role in the future. I will dedicate it, ”he commented.