Sumo: Hakuho not yet cleared to compete despite negative test

Kyodo -- Sep 03
Yokozuna Hakuho's participation in this month's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament remains up in the air despite the 36-year-old testing negative for the coronavirus, the Japan Sumo Association revealed Thursday.

A day after 19-year-old juryo-division wrestler Hokuseiho tested positive, Hakuho and the other members of the Miyagino stable all tested negative. Until now, the JSA has barred entire stables from participating if any member tested positive within two weeks of a grand tournament's first day.

The 15-day tournament opens on Sept. 12 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. Hakuho, who owns the career championships record, missed January's grand tournament after becoming infected but bounced back from March knee surgery in July to win his 45th grand tournament with a 15-0 record.