TOKYO -- Nine additional wrestlers have pulled out of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament after a coronavirus infection was confirmed at Asakayama stable, raising the total number of wrestlers absent from the competition to 134.
The Japan Sumo Association announced on July 21 -- the 12th day of the Nagoya tourney -- that an association member at Asakayama stable was infected with the coronavirus. The stable's nine wrestlers including Kaisho in the second-tier juryo division, as well as stablemaster Asakayama -- a judge formerly known as Kaio who held the second-highest rank of ozeki -- are withdrawing from the tournament.
This is the sixth consecutive day in which wrestlers or affiliated members have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus during the Nagoya meet. Asakayama stable is the eighth group to pull out of the latest tournament due to the coronavirus. The other seven groups include Tagonoura stable, where infections had been confirmed before the tourney.
Meanwhile, it was announced that Yodo Kimura, an elite referee and a member of the Kokonoe stable, was also confirmed infected with the coronavirus.
(Japanese original by Hironobu Murakoso, Sports News Department)