On the 11th, the Japan Sumo Association announced that Yokozuna Hakuho has donated a total of 25,000 masks to Japanese and Mongolian healthcare organizations. He purchased the masks with the prize money he won at Haru Basho in March.
Hakuho’s comments were relayed through the JSA:
“At the spectator-less March tournament, I was really praying while I entered the ring on day 15. Being able to do well at that basho was not all me. I received encouragement from the other side of the TV, and I could actually feel the fans all around me giving support.
“As I pondered what to do with the prize money from that tournament, Mongolian officials communicated that they had a shortage of masks. I was also hearing that healthcare workers and the general public in Japan still do not have enough.
“With the May basho sadly being canceled, I’ve been doing what I can training-wise, getting my vitamins by eating more vegetables, always carrying disinfectant spray, etc. Everyone is wearing masks as well. Everyday life is a little stressful I think, but together we are cooperating to make it through.”