Yokozuna Hakuho Photo: REUTERS file

Sumo grand champion Hakuho tests positive for coronavirus: JSA


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Hakuho's positive test comes just five days before the sumo New Year Grand Tournament is due to start on Jan 10.

If the basho goes ahead, it will be an incredibly reckless and life-threatening event for the wrestlers. Most of whom are in a very high risk group, with BMIs over 30 and up.

Cancel it.

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If the basho goes ahead

Cancel it.

This is truly a pickle for JSA, Mori and the entire Olympics apparatus. There is simple no good decision here. I am very curious to find out what they decide.

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The next tournament should be cancelled. The wrestlers are in a high risk group, they should be shielding.

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If these guys have all been practicing together, let the show go on.

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This is the end of the Sumo New Year tournament but also for the Olympics. 3 Days after Momota, a second high profile sports man gets infected. And this is psychologically a blow the Olympics can not overcome.

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The only way sumo wrestling can carry on, is that every person involved with the wrestlers, the wrestlers and staff should be tested every two days, and any person who has this virus, the whole of the people around him should self isolate for 10-14 days, as for the main arena no spectators, only televised bought's

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I find it hard to imagine that the Sumo Assoc will cancel now. But I do imagine the Tokyo Olymics getting cancelled or postponed further down the road. Which is what should have been done in the first place.

The whole approach to Covid19 with the rather "idiotic" go to travel, go to eat, go spread Covid programs as well as actually beliving that the world will be ready for a summer Olympics in 2021 (although the IOC bears some major responsibility here as well) is a clear example of Japan's response to Covid as "Amai" as they like to say.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

He certainly doesn't have any co-morbidities or anything...

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That's... what... 13 wrestlers so far who have tested positive this week?

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Sumo grand champion Hakuho tests positive for coronavirus.

Eh! Sumo wrestlers always have literally close contact with other wrestlers. I'm worried about the further spread of infection.

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On one hand I wonder why they keep doing these sports event even when it has become clear they are a huge risk of spreading, but on the other hand the more evidence can be collected the more difficult it becomes to justify the Olympics.

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Considering how Covid takes out the obese much more quickly than those of a healthy weight, this can't be good.

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This is truly a pickle for JSA, Mori and the entire Olympics apparatus. 

Who cares about Mori, he has very little regard for humankind.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

A not disinfected remote control or beer bottle? lol

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