Weird headline, no? You were probably expecting something like, “Natsu 2020 cancelled.” The Japanese Government is expected to extend the state of emergency, making even the delayed May tournament untenable. The current state of emergency is scheduled to expire on May 6, the end of the Golden Week holiday.
All eyes turn to Nagoya and the tournament currently scheduled for July. As Osaka was far away from the unfolding spring drama of the Diamond Princess outbreak, maybe a tournament away from Tokyo will be more likely to occur. However, such an event would require uprooting all of the stables from their Tokyo locations.
The formal decision about Natsu is still expected Monday and Tachiai will bring the details, as well as implications for events from Nagoya 2020 and beyond.