Hakuho, Japan’s Top Sumo Wrestler, Discharged From Hospital After COVID Infection

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Mongolian-born great sumo champion Yokozuna Hakuho performs the rite of entry into the New Year’s ring at the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

TOKYO (Reuters) – Hakuho, Japan’s top-ranked sumo wrestler, has been released from hospital after being treated for a coronavirus infection, Japanese sports daily Sports Hochi reported on Thursday. Hochi reported that the Mongolian-born Hakuho, who is the yokozuna (the highest ranked sumo wrestler) of all time, has tested negative for COVID-19 and has left the hospital to continue his recovery. Hakuho, 35, tested positive for coronavirus on January 5 after losing his sense of smell. Hochi reported that his ability to smell has returned. Hakuho’s positive test came just five days before the Grand New Years Sumo Tournament began in Tokyo. In May, 28-year-old sumo wrestler Shobushi died of multiple organ failure related to coronavirus after contracting the infection.

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