Arashio Stable Newest Outbreak

It was revealed on the last day of 2020 that Maegashira #2 Wakatakakage had developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. He had apparently not been in contact with any others outside of Arashio-beya. Subsequent tests within the stable came back on New Years Day, indicating 11 more infections, including Arashio-oyakata (former top division Sokokurai),Continue reading “Arashio Stable Newest Outbreak”

10 Tatsunami Wrestlers Test Positive

On Wednesday, it was reported that three anonymous lower division wrestlers had tested positive for COVID-19 after developing high fevers and coughs. On Friday, seven new cases found within the same stable were made public. Since the infected group includes one of Tatsunami-beya’s top division rikishi, Akua, said stable has been identified as the homeContinue reading “10 Tatsunami Wrestlers Test Positive”

All 24 Hospitalized Tamanoi Wrestlers Return Home

Good News! As scheduled, the 24 wrestlers from Tamanoi-beya who had been hospitalized due to coronavirus have been discharged and returned home on Sunday, the 27th. With great relief, all of them are reportedly doing well, and plans are being made for the stable — which houses Juryo rikishi Azumaryu and Fujiazuma — to enterContinue reading “All 24 Hospitalized Tamanoi Wrestlers Return Home”

19 Tamanoi Wrestlers Infected

Tamanoi-beya has become the latest epicenter of coronavirus within the professional sumo world. 19 total infections have been reported out of Tamanoi as of Thursday, including Juryo #14 Fujiazuma, and the September 5th case which prompted a full examination of said stable. All except for Fujiazuma are at Makushita or lower. 12 of the infectedContinue reading “19 Tamanoi Wrestlers Infected”

COVID Cases Continue Ahead of September Meet

The Japan Sumo Association uncovered a new case of coronavirus within the Makushita ranks on Saturday, September 5th. On Wednesday, Public relations director Shibatayama announced that another case had been found. Subsequent tests within the concerned stable have come back as false positives, and suggested several more true positive cases may be likely. Shibatayama-oyakata assuredContinue reading “COVID Cases Continue Ahead of September Meet”

Another Wrestler Tests Positive, Matsugane-oyakata Discharged

On the 14th it was reported that an anonymous lower division wrestler has tested positive for coronavirus. He was complaining of COVID related symptoms on Monday evening and was promptly quarantined within his stable. A PCR test was administered the next day, coming back negative. His symptoms persisted for a few days after that, promptingContinue reading “Another Wrestler Tests Positive, Matsugane-oyakata Discharged”

Nishonoseki Coach Tests Positive

It was revealed on Friday that Matsugane-oyakata (former Tamarikido) of Nishonoseki-beya has tested positive to a PCR test for COVID-19. On Thursday, Matsugane had been on an outing to meet with possible recruits and decided to take a test afterwards just in case. The test came back positive around midnight of the same day, andContinue reading “Nishonoseki Coach Tests Positive”

Abi in Trouble Once Again, Withdraws from July Basho

The notorious Abi (Maegashira #5) is once again in the spotlight for some mischief after going out for dinner with company after Friday’s fights. This led to the newlywed’s early withdrawal from competition at the strictly held July tournament. With meticulous measures being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus while still holding a tournamentContinue reading “Abi in Trouble Once Again, Withdraws from July Basho”

End to Japan’s State of Emergency? JSA Errs on the Side of Caution Either Way

On the 21st, sumo association spokesman Shibatayama addressed reporters about the possibility of a further extension to the state of emergency in Japan. “If it’s extended then we have no choice but to continue in our current state,” he said. Inter-stable practices are still prohibited, and whether the full contact butsukari-geiko is used is upContinue reading “End to Japan’s State of Emergency? JSA Errs on the Side of Caution Either Way”

JSA Begins Antibody Testing

The JSA has begun administering antibody tests for COVID-19 to its 1000 plus members. “We are taking the antibody tests starting today,” said spokesman Shibatayama, “It was already administered to two stables, a total of 43 individuals.” He explained that going forward, two or three stables (roughly 50 people) per day will take the test.Continue reading “JSA Begins Antibody Testing”