Mourning: 28-year-old athlete “extinguished”, he was infected with coronavirus (photos)


A 28-year-old sumo wrestler who contracted a coronavirus has died and became the first such fighter to die of the deadly virus, according to the public broadcaster NHK on Wednesday, citing the Japanese sumo federation.

Kiyotaka Sobousi was treated last month and died Wednesday in a Tokyo hospital due to multiple organ failure related to the coronary artery, the NHK said.

Sobousi made his professional debut in 2007. In April, Japan’s sumo wrestling federation (JSA) announced that five wrestlers had been tested and tested positive for the virus. It is unclear whether the other wrestlers have fully recovered. Last week, JSA announced that the summer Grand Sumo tournament, scheduled for May 24-June 7 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, had been canceled due to a mockery. It is recalled that the spring Grand Slam tournament in Osaka in March took place without spectators.


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