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  1. sekitori

    Corona and sumo

    I received my copy a couple of days ago and the Natsu basho was listed as beginning on Sunday 5/24, as currently scheduled. It probably wll be canceled, but the current TV Japan scheduling seems to be correct, at least as of this moment.
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    General Corona Banter

    The Profeesional Golfers Association is the first major sports group to announce the return of "normal"s scheduling--sort of. Beginning on June 11th, four connsecutive tournaments will be played, all without attendance by fans. After those four, determinations will be made concering future tournaments. Golf is the ideal sport to return to normalcy. The area of play is huge and players can keep a safe distance away from each other. Compared to sumo and other sports where the athletes are in contact with each other before large crowds of people seated close together, this seems like a very wise and safe decision. https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/pga-tour-schedule-season-to-return-in-june-with-no-fans-at-first-four-events-six-majors-in-2020-21/
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    Corona and sumo

    These are my thoughts reagrding the chances of upcoming bashos being held (either with or without audience participation). They are just personal observations and I'm sure there will be at least some disagreement with them. Natsu: Cancelled. I doubt if anyone believes that this will go on as scheduled.. Nagoya: Possible but still extremely doubtful. Aki: First chance at return to normal. If there are no Covid positives among rikishis, maybe another basho without an audience? Kyushu-: This is when I believe ozumo as we know it will be back.. However, depending on how much control of the pandemic there may be at that time, I may be overly optimistic.
  4. sekitori

    Corona and sumo

    The Haru basho was completed with absolutely no evidence of coronavirus among anyone connected to professional sumo . Out of such a large population being in such close quarters, I found that fact to be amazing---and also very fortunate. I fully expected the basho to be suspended at some point, but it was successfully completed. The chances of this situation happening again in May are remote at best. Sooner or later, someone related to sumo will test positive for the virus.They may not actually be ill, but even with a state of emergency no longer in effect, that fact alone will be enough to cancel the basho. I believe the same situation will be true for Nagoya as well. With luck, the Aki basho could possibly be held, with or without audience participation. I believe the best chance of watching a "normal" basho again will be in Fukuoka in November. The bad news--we probably will be without professional sumo for quite a long time. The good news--such a long break could be a blessing for injured rikishis such as Takayasu and Tochnoshin, providing them a much longer time in which to heal. It will keep the severely injured Tomokaze from sliding even lower down the banzuke. For sumo fans, having nothing to follow will strongly affect them negatiively. It also will affect healthy rikishis whose desire to compete will not be met for quite a while. But for the few "walking wounded" rikishis whose career is at stake, this idle time will can turn into something positive. I just find it very sad that an infection that will kill many people coulld go a long way in aiding their recovery.
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    General Corona Banter

    From the World Health Organization: Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus? "No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.. The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible."
  6. sekitori

    Corona and sumo

    I find it interesting that before and during the Haru basho there was only one instance of someone related to sumo who ran a fairly high fever for two consecutive days. It's amazing that no one had any symptoms of corona virus. Considering the widespread prevalence of the virus and the large number of people involved in professional sumo, it looks as if the sumo community dodged a bullet. I have doubts that they will want to try doing it again in May.
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    General Corona Banter

    Those running Aussie football apparently had similar thoughts. After one round of play with no spectators, they decided to suspend the season until some indefinite future date. Along with the Haru basho, I had two sources of live sports viewing, sumo and Aussie football. If the Natsu basho is called off, my viewing sources will be down to zero. And with major league baseball and NBA schedules currently in limbo, they are likely to remain that way for quiite a while.
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    General Corona Banter

    Not only do I follow sumo but after being introduced to the sport on TV, I also enjoy watching Australian rules football. It's played on a oval field approximately twice the size of an American football field. Those in charge have decided to play theiir current season in stadiums with no spectators. If you think that watching sumo in an empty 8,000 seat arena is weird, the idea of seeing 45 people including players and referees on this huge playing field in an empty stadium that has a capacity of over 100,000 is absolutely mind boggling.
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    Corona and sumo

    The problem is not handling the Natsu basho in the same manner as the Haru basho. The NSK showed that it can be done quite well. What made the Osaka basho easier to manage was that everyone connnected to sumo (rikishis, referees, officials, etc.) was congregated in one area. Checking the condition of people's health, including taking daily temperatures and possibly testing for the coronavirus could be done without too much difficulty. But these people are now scattered all over Japan, Mongolia, and other countries. It will be extremely difficult to monitor their health on a regular basis. Since the health of everyone involved in sumo is of paramount importance, thc concept of monitoring their health almost daily would be virtually impossible. Unless this pandemic quickly abates in the next couple of months (highly, highly unlikely), the wisest and safest thing to do is cancel the Natsu basho and hope that the situation will be better in Nagoya. And if it isn't, the Nagoya basho should be canceled as well. Life without sumo will be difficult for everyone, but the idea that holding a basho witout the proper precautions could lead to people's illness and even death is intolerable.
  10. sekitori

    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    In that regard, this basho seems no different than others. Aside from some rare exceptions, the gyogis have always had a lax attitude concerning "both hands down". I think the rule should be renamed "both hands reasonably close".
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    One rikishi having a fever shouldn't be indicative that the virus could now have possibly spread among the people present at the basho. There are many reasons other than the corona virus for having a fever. In fact, I'm amazed that Chiyomaru was the only person among the many rkshis and other personnel at the basho having a fever for two consecutive days afer eight days of competition. Out of such a large popululation, I would have expected at least several more due to causes such as colds, the flu, etc. If on the other hand, many more individuals start displaying temperatures over 37.5° C lasting for two days, that could be a cause of concern.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    The fact that Hakuho doesn't overwhelm his opponents in a few seconds means nothing. He simply waits for them to make a mistake and he takes advantage of it. His bouts against Daiesho and Takayasu ware never in doubt. Not bad for a rikishi whose skills are on the decline and who is on his "last legs". Despite his age and some nagging injuries, he's still far better than anyone else. If he cared to, I believe he could go on for a couple more years. He probably would have to go kyujo on occasion because of his injuries, but he would still be good for even more yushos. However, that won't happen. After the Olympics (if they will be held at all), I expect him to retire. This forum will then see virtually everyone, including his detractors, comment on how much they will miss following the greatest yokozuna ever.
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    Ex-rikishi who does guest commenting?

    Yokozuna Kitanofuji and komusubi Mainoumi are the most frequent commentators. I would guess that they appear in approximately half of the NHK honbasho broadcasts. The reasons they are chosen are not only because of their vast experience but also of their ability to clearly explain things that the average fan knows little about. Another commentator on the English language version of these broadcasts is John Gunning. Although he was never a professional rikishi, he had a successful career as an amateur. He is extremely knowledgable and expresses his commentary very well. He has added greatly to my enjoyment watchng the bashos. My only complaint is that he doesn't appear on the broadcasts as often as I would like him to.
  14. sekitori

    Corona and sumo

    I wonder if a germophobic rikishi who does not want to compete will merely say that he isn't feeling well despite having no temperature and will go kyujo, if given the assurance that he will not lose his rank in the following basho. Since no doctor's note will be needed and since the NSK is using the greatest amount of caution possible, this could be a very easy way to avoid competition while maintaining his rank.
  15. sekitori

    Corona and sumo

    One factor that can influence body temperature is the consumption of alcohol. I’m sure that rikishis have been informed of that fact. Since they have been known to consume large amounts of beer, it’s possible that many of them could have short term body temperatures over the 37.5 limit only for that reason. I believe that's why their temperatures will be taken three separate times of day. I don't think that a single reading slightly over the limit will necessarily be disqualifying. The rikishi will be told to avoid alcohol until his temperature is taken one or two more times. If he has done so and his temp remains well over 37.5, that could be a cause for concern. Chances are excellent that with the booze gone from his system, his body temperature will be back in the normal range. It would be very strange to see rikishis going kyujo in Osaka, not because of possible illness but because they like to drink.