A young sumo wrestler in Japan has died after contracting coronavirus becoming the sports’ first casualty, the national association announced on Wednesday. Also Read - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Counting on Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford to Boost Manchester United's Season Run on Premier League Return
Shobushi, a 28-year-old wrestler, suffered multiple organ failures and died early Wednesday morning. Also Read - Richa Chadha Opens up on Wedding Preparations With Ali Fazal, Says 'Will Take Call Only When Normalcy Returns'
“We cannot find any words to say when we think about the broken hearts of his family,” Japan Sumo Association (JSA) chief Hakkaku was quoted as saying by news agency AFP. “It must have been so very painful to fight the disease for over a month but, like a sumo wrestler, he persevered and endured, fighting to the very end.” Also Read - 'Will Defeat Coronavirus Under CM Thackeray's Leadership': Maharashtra Minister Raut Slams Centre, BJP | Watch
“We only wish that he rests in peace now,” he added, thanking medical workers for their care,” he added.
Shobushi complained of fever around April 4-5 but couldn’t contact local health officials as the phone lines were constantly busy. After being turned away by several hospitals, he was admitted to a Tokyo hospital on April 8 when he started coughing blood.
His initial coronavirus test came negative but after he was transferred to another hospital, the result came positive.
Since April 19, he was in Intensive Care Unit.
Shobushi made his professional debut in 2007 and was ranked 11th in the sports’ fourth-tier divison.
There have been few cases of sumo wrestlers, trainers and officials been tested positive for coronavirus.
In Japan, over 16,000 people have contracted the deadly virus with 668 deaths so far.
In March, the Tokyo Olympics were also postponed to next year after sustained pressure from athletes and various national federations from around the world.
The Summer Games will now be held in July-August 2021.