The first sumo boxer died of Covid-19 in Japan

Japanese sumo fighters perform the last salutation ceremony in front of empty stands at the Osaka Gymnasium in March. Photo: Nikkei Asia Review.
Japanese sumo fighters perform the last salutation ceremony in front of empty stands at the Osaka Gymnasium in March. Photo: Nikkei Asia Review.

Shobushi, 28, was reportedly dead after nearly a month of fighting Covid-19. He was the first Japanese sumo boxer to die after being infected with the corona virus.

Shobushi, whose real name is Kiyotaka Suetake, 28 years old, was confirmed by the Japanese Sumo Association on May 13 to have died nearly a month after corona virus infection.

According to NHK, Shobushi died of a multi-organ failure related to corona virus. He was admitted to the hospital in April after testing positive for the virus.

Also in April, the Japan Sumo Association announced that 5 fighters at Takadagawa dojo were infected with the virus. It is unclear the health status of the remaining 4 boxers, according to Reuters.

Shobushi started playing professionally in 2007 at the Takadagawa dojo. His highest achievement is ranked 11th in the sandanme, the fourth highest sumo tournament in the association’s system.

Last week, the Japan Sumo Association announced that the summer tournament, scheduled to be held from May 24 to June 7 in Tokyo, was forced to cancel due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

The spring tournament in Osaka in March used to take place in a stadium with no spectators. Japan Sumo Association said that this model could not be applied to the summer tournament after the Japanese government extended the national emergency until the end of May at the earliest.

As of May 12, Japan has recorded 16,759 cases of corona virus, including 691 deaths.

Source: https://behecare.com/

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