Update on Antibody Testing

In a phone interview on the Friday, spokesman Shibatayama revealed that, when it comes to history of COVID-19 infections in sumo, there have so far been no further findings from the antibody tests. The association-wide testing began on May 18th.

“Nothing out of the ordinary has been reported at this point in the testing process,” said Shibatayama, “There has been no indication that anyone is infected. Our results are being used by the experts as further data for research.”

Shibatayama-oyakata explained that the test results will also give the sumo association an idea of what type of measures they need to take to make sure July’s tournament runs smoothly. Around 1000 tests in total will be completed most likely by the end of the month.

As far as training leading up to competition, the resumption of the all-important full contact charging practice is still being left up to the leaders of each stable.

Shibatayama-oyakata explained that there are still a lot of organizational issues to be taken care of leading up to the July basho which will be discussed in an executive board meeting beforehand. So far the test results look good, but the real challenge is getting through another tournament safely. The next basho begins July 19th.

Source: Nikkan Sports

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