Gyoji Kimura Motoki positive for COVID-19

The NSK announces that on January 4th 2021, in the morning, the Makuuchi-ranked gyoji from Minato beya suffered from high fever and coughing, and took a PCR test, which came back positive.

Kimura Motoki, whose real name is Okamura Hiromichi, 53 years old, belongs to Minato beya. However, his contact tracing investigation showed that he has not been in contact with any of the heya members recently (older, married gyoji, tokoyama and yobidashi usually live outside the heya). However, the NSK, on its own initiative, will give everybody in the heya a PCR test, as an extra safety measure.

We wish Motoki-san a full and speedy recovery, and we will keep you posted if any updates come in.

Arashio-beya Corona Cluster

We open the New Year with an expanding cluster of positive Covid tests at Arashio-beya. News of Wakatakakage falling ill hit yesterday, leading to testing of those around him, in his family, and at the stable. Those additional tests have come back with a total of eleven more positive tests. Arashio-oyakata and Wakatakakage’s Juryo-ranked brother, Wakamotoharu, are among the positive cases. Eight more wrestlers ranked makushita and below, as well as a hair dresser have also tested positive. Of the twelve, three are symptomatic with things like fever but are so far mild cases. Tachiai wishes all twelve full and quick recoveries.

New COVID-19 case and an update on Minato oyakata

The NSK officially informs us that a new COVID-19 case has turned up at Tatsunami beya, bringing the total number of infected in that heya to 11. The rikishi is not a sekitori and therefore his name was not disclosed. He tested negative in the first round of close contact testing, but on the 18th he came up with a runny nose and other light symptoms, and got re-tested, and this time he was positive.

Since the first test, he has not gone out nor has he mixed with the other rikishi still in the heya, so there are no close contacts to test at this time. He will be sent to a hotel, according to the instructions of the local health authority.

Elsewhere, Minato oyakata, who has been confirmed positive on the 15th, his been admitted to hospital on December 17th, says Shibatayama oyakata, who serves as the NSK’s spokesperson.

We wish both the unnamed rikishi and Minato oyakata a quick and full recovery.

Minato oyakata positive for COVID-19

According to this statement from the NSK, Minato oyakata (Ichinojo’s shisho) felt unwell on December 14th, and took a PCR test, which confirmed that he has contracted COVID-19.

According to his contact tracing, he has not been in the practice grounds with his rikishi for the previous 3 days, and therefore they are not considered “close contacts” and not eligible for official testing. However, the NSK had them all tested privately as an extra measure, and the results will be known later today. We will keep you updated.

Minato himself will be admitted to a medical facility or a hotel according to the local health authority’s instructions.

Minato oyakata is 52 years old. We wish him full and speedy recovery, and we will keep you updated on the results of the heya members’ tests if in when those are made public.