Sumo wrestler Kiyotaka Suetake, known as Shobushi, dead at 28 from coronavirus


Tokyo: A 28-year-old sumo wrestler infected with the novel coronavirus has died, becoming the first sumo wrestler to die from the deadly virus, the Japan Sumo Association announced on Wednesday.

Wrestler Shobushi, whose real name is Kiyotaka Suetake, was hospitalised last month and died on Wednesday in a Tokyo hospital due to multiple organ failure related to the coronavirus, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said.

Kiyotaka Suetake, known as Shobushi, has died from COVID-19. Credit:YouTube

Shobushi made his professional debut in 2007 out of the Takadagawa stable and his best career ranking was No. 11 in the sandanme division, the fourth highest division.

In April, the JSA announce that five wrestlers at the Takadagawa stable had tested positive for the virus. It is not clear whether the other wrestlers have made a full recovery.



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