Pressure back on JSA to reconnect with fans as pandemic ends

Over the previous few days, sumo has returned to regular — roughly — within the metropolis the place the COVID-19 pandemic first impacted Japan’s nationwide sport.
In March 2020, because the Japan Sumo Affiliation carried out drastic measures that it hoped would include the unfold of the coronavirus, the Osaka Basho grew to become the primary sumo event because the finish of World Conflict II to be held behind closed doorways.

The church-like silence that resulted, the place each rikishi‘s breath or the creak of a mawashi belt could possibly be heard on TV broadcasts, has been changed three years later with a raucous environment — one much more befitting of the Kansai area’s fame for boisterous merrymaking.

Unable to view this text?
This could possibly be as a result of a battle together with your ad-blocking or safety software program.
Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your record of allowed websites.
If this doesn’t resolve the difficulty or you’re unable so as to add the domains to your allowlist, please see this FAQ.
We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of each misinformation and an excessive amount of info, high quality journalism is extra essential than ever.By subscribing, you may assist us get the story proper.
SUBSCRIBE NOW