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2020 Natsu Basho postponed by two weeks.

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  1. Swami

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    May Sumo tournament to be postponed 2 weeks due to virus
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    Published: 03 April 2020
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    The Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, which was scheduled to open on May 10, will be postponed for two weeks due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the Japan Sumo Association decided Friday.

    The JSA's board of directors decided to delay the opening of the 15-day meet at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, likely to May 24. The start of the July tournament in Nagoya will also be pushed back two weeks.

    JSA Chairman Hakkaku said the sport's governing body will aim to hold next month's meet under regular conditions, but he added it may be held without spectators or canceled altogether depending on the situation of the pandemic.

    Fifteen-day grand sumo tournaments are held every two months. The previous meet in March was held behind closed doors for the first time in history in order to prevent the spread of the pneumonia-causing virus.

    The association had said the tournament would be canceled should any wrestler or association member test positive for the virus. One wrestler who developed a fever was tested but the results were negative.

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    Informative. I'm hoping the pandemic has eased by then but safety comes first. Thus far Japan has done well with it's response to COVID-19.
     
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    They do have a bit of leeway, the July tournament always starts early so it isn't a big effort to postpone by a fortnight in each case.

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