Yokozuna Hakuho Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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Tokyo, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)--Yokozuna grand champion Hakuho has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Japan Sumo Association said Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Mongolian-born wrestler experienced a loss of smell on Sunday and took a polymerase chain reaction test the following day, the association said. His positive test result came out Tuesday morning, it said.

Hakuho will be hospitalized under the instruction of a public health office, Shibatayama, the association's public relations chief, said.

The COVID-19 infection makes it impossible for the Miyagino stable wrestler to compete in the New Year grand tournament, set to take place from Sunday through Jan. 24 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan hall.

He is thus expected to miss a fourth straight tournament, a career record.

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