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In Memory of Naonobu Fujii (藤井直伸)

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Japanese volleyball is mourning the passing of Olympic player Naonobu Fujii, at the age of only 31 from stomach cancer.

"We cannot bear 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," a statement from his club Toray Arrows said.

"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your kindness in life."

Japan Volleyball Association President Shunichi Kawai also paid tribute to the player on his passing.

"Please rest in peace, I pray from the bottom of my heart that he may rest in peace," Kawai said.

Fujii had been diagnosed with the disease only a few months after playing in the Tokyo Olympics as a setter.

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