Japanese sumo wrestler dies from coronavirus infections

Sports | 13 May 2020 5:17 pm

A 28-year-old Japanese sumo wrestler died today from the coronavirus.

Shoubushi, whose real name was Kiyotaka Suetake, is the first sumo wrestler known to have died from the virus and is among the youngest victims in Japan.

He developed a fever on April 4 but could not get a test or find a hospital until four days later. Japan has set a very high bar for testing due to a lack of capacity. Avoiding close contact with others is a challenge in sumo, where wrestlers live together and train and eat together. Several other wrestlers have also been infected.

The Summer Grand Sumo Tournament scheduled to start May 24 was canceled earlier this month.-AP


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