More sumo wrestlers test positive for COVID-19 as two more stables pull out of New Year Basho

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The Japan Sumo Affiliation mentioned Saturday 5 wrestlers who examined constructive for COVID-19, and the 2 stables they belong to, will miss the New Yr Grand Sumo Event, which begins Sunday.

4 Kokonoe steady wrestlers and one from the Tomozuna steady examined constructive after 878 wrestlers and stablemasters underwent polymerase chain response assessments forward of the 15-day meet at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan. A complete of 4 stables will now skip the match attributable to infections amongst their wrestlers.

Chiyoshoma, a Mongolian No. 13 maegashira within the elite makuuchi division, and Chiyootori from the second-tier juryo ranks examined constructive alongside two lower-division Kokonoe stablemates and one other lower-ranked wrestler from the Tomozuna steady.

Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho’s Miyagino steady can even miss the meet after he examined constructive on Tuesday, as will the Arashio steady, which was recognized as the location of an an infection cluster.

Prime-division referee Motoki Kimura, affiliated with the Minato steady, additionally examined constructive and can sit out the match.

The JSA this week ordered all wrestlers and stablemasters to be examined to make sure the secure and safe staging of the match in Tokyo, which is presently underneath a state of emergency.

The most recent withdrawals took the variety of absentees within the high two divisions to 16, a determine that features yokozuna Kakuryu. The 35-year-old has lower-back points and is withdrawing from a meet for the fourth straight time.

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