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First rikishi tests positive for coronavirus.

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  1. Swami

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    First sumo wrestler tests positive for coronavirus
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    Hakkaku Rijicho, Kyokai's president

    The Japan Sumo Association said a lower-ranked wrestler has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first confirmed case in the country's ancient sport. The wrestler, whose name and stable has not been disclosed, belongs to one of the sport's lower divisions. He first developed a fever on Saturday, but none of his stablemates or officials has complained of symptoms of the virus.

    "It made me realize that infections exist close around us. I hope from the bottom of my heart that (the wrestler's) condition doesn't become severe," said Shibatayama, the association's communications director.

    The association has not called off daily training but new instructions include requiring wrestlers to take their temperatures twice a day.

    The tokoyama responsible for styling wrestlers' hair into their signature oiled topknots have been asked to avoid public transportation when coming to stables, a spokesman said.

    The case comes as a new blow to the JSA, which has already been forced to make changes to the schedule and format of its grand tournaments in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    After holding the spring tournament in March in Osaka without spectators, the JSA delayed the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo by two weeks, with a new start date of May 24.

    It has said the Tokyo meet might also be held without spectators or canceled altogether depending on the situation of the pandemic.

    "The situation around the world has become more serious," Shibatayama said. "We need to decide the direction we are going (with the meet)."

    During the spring tournament in March, No. 15 maegashira Chiyomaru pulled out with a fever but tested negative for the coronavirus. The Osaka event would have been canceled had a wrestler tested positive.

    A young wrestler at a Tokyo stable confirmed daily training was continuing as usual but said activities were limited.

    "We wear masks where possible, wash hands, disinfect hands… We have been taking normal prevention measures," he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    "We don't visit other stables to practice. We have been practicing in our stable only."

    "We go out only for (grocery) shopping… Stress is building up in many people," he added.

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    Sumo stablemaster and 5 wrestlers contract new coronavirus
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    A sumo stablemaster and five wrestlers have contracted the new coronavirus, the Japan Sumo Association said Saturday, casting doubts on whether next month's Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo can go ahead as scheduled.

    According to the JSA, stablemaster Takadagawa has tested positive for the virus along with Hakuyozan, a wrestler at his stable in Tokyo who competes in the second-tier juryo division.

    Four wrestlers who belong to the lower divisions have also contracted the virus. The JSA did not disclose their names and stables citing privacy reasons.

    Earlier this month, a wrestler competing in one of the lower divisions tested positive for the virus, marking the first confirmed case in the country's ancient sport.

    The JSA delayed the start of the 15-day Summer tournament in Tokyo by two weeks in response to the pandemic, with the opening day now slated for May 24. But it has said the meet might be held without spectators or canceled altogether depending on the situation.

    March's spring tournament in Osaka was held behind closed doors in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

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    This is concerning regarding the fate of the May basho.
     
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    Yes, I reckon it may well be cancelled, or at the very least held behind closed doors, like March.

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