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.

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