Sumo Returns in Japan Despite Continued Pandemic Fears

Live sumo returned to Japan for the first time since March with the initial day of the July Grand Sumo Tournament being held in Tokyo before limited spectators.

Having canceled the May tournament due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the July event, after being pushed back two weeks, was moved from Nagoya to Tokyo with day one commencing on Sunday in front of 2,500 spectators in the 11,000 seat Ryogoku Kokugikan arena. Extra precautions were taken with the wrestlers and fans were instructed not to sit next to each other or cheer. Of the two current grand champions, Hakuho won his day one match against Okinoumi while Kakuryu was upset by Endo.

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