Sumo wrestler Shobushi, 28,dies from Covid-19 in Japan

Sumo wrestler Shobushi, 28,died early Wednesday morning in Japan due to multiple organ failure caused by the new coronavirus.

Shobushi, whose real name was Kiyotaka Suetake, who is wrestler from the sport’s fourth-tier sandanme division die from the pneumonia-causing virus. He is also thought to be the first person in their 20s to die from the virus in Japan.

Shobushi made his professional debut in 2007 out of the Takadagawa stable and reached the No. 11 rank in the sandanme division.

The Yamanashi Prefecture native became the first sumo wrestler to test positive for the virus on April 10. According to the JSA, his condition worsened on April 19 and he was treated at an intensive care unit at a hospital in Tokyo.

According to the JSA, Shobushi, who suffered from diabetes, recorded a fever of about 38 C on April 4. His Takadagawa stablemaster and others contacted hospitals and local health centers but were unable to find a facility able to take in the wrestler.

The Takadagawa stablemaster and Shobushi’s stablemate Hakuyozan also tested positive for the coronavirus but both have already been discharged from hospital.

The Summer Grand Sumo Tournament scheduled to take place from May 24 to June 7 at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan was cancelled earlier this month in order to slow the spread of the virus.


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