Jul 8, 2022
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has paid tribute to Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, who has died after being shot while giving a speech in Nara.
The 67-year-old Abe was shot twice, with the second shot hitting him in the back, causing him to fall to the ground, reports said.
Abe was the former Liberal Democratic Party leader and Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, holding office from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020, before resigning due to health reasons.
Since stepping down, he has remained in the public eye and regularly appeared in the media to discuss current affairs.
"Japan has lost a great statesman, and the IOC has lost a valiant supporter and a dear friend of the Olympic Movement," said Bach.
"On behalf of the International Olympic Committee, I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to his family, his friends and the Japanese people."
Abe inherited Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games when he begun his second spell in charge of Japan.