Sumo wrestler infected with coronavirus dies

TOKYO: a young man of 28 years sumo wrestler infected with the novel coronavirus has died, becoming the first sumo wrestler to die from the deadly virus, the Japanese sumo association (JSA) announced Wednesday.

Shobushi fighter, whose real name is Kiyotaka Suetake , was hospitalized last month. He died on Wednesday in a Tokyo hospital due to multiple organ failure related to the coronavirus, Japan that public broadcaster NHK said.

Shobushi made his professional debut in 2007 in the Takadagawa stable and his best professional ranking was No. 11 in the sandanme division, the fourth highest division.

In April, the JSA announced that five fighters in the Takadagawa stable had tested positive for the virus. It is unclear if the other fighters have fully recovered.

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Last week the JSA announced that the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, scheduled to take place from May 24 to June 7 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, had been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Grand Osaka Spring Sumo Tournament in March was held behind closed doors, but the JSA decided that it was not possible for the May tournament after Japan it extended the state of emergency nationwide until at least the end of the month.