Following the two retirement events (Goeido/Takekuma oyakata and Tochiozan/Kiyomigata oyakata) at the end of January, which were apparently held without tests or control of the whereabouts of the participants, there are now dozens of infection cases throughout the Sumo world.
It started with new Ozeki Mitakeumi, of whose infection we were informed on January 31st.
Then on February 2nd, the NSK announced that Takanosho, Daieisho, Tobizaru, Daiamami, Tsurugisho and Aoiyama were infected as well.
Today, we have been informed of 4 oyakata and 12 Rikishi, and, the press adds, a gyoji:
- Kiyomigata (Tochiozan)
- Kimura Ginjiro
There have been no information of lower-division rikishi who were infected at this point.
We wish all those infected a swift and complete recovery. Some of them, most notably Yokozuna Terunofuji, are at a high risk due to diabetes or other co-morbidities.