A 28-year-old Japanese wrestler infected with the virus has died, the Japan Sumo Association (JSA) has announced, the primary within the sport to fall victim to the virus.
Shobushi, whose real name is Kiyotaka Suetake, died from multiple organ failure caused by the virus.
He had been the primary wrestler to check positive for the virus on 10 April, said Kyodo News.
His condition quickly worsened and he entered medical care nine days later.
“I can only imagine how hard it must are , battling illness for over a month, but sort of a wrestler he endured it bravely and fought the disease until the top ,” JSA Chairman Hakkaku told Kyodo News.
“I just want him to rest peacefully now.”
According to a report by Yomiuri News, around 1,000 members of the JSA will need to undergo an epidemic antibody test – the primary large-scale testing event to be held within the Japanese sporting world.
Last month, the JSA announced that a stablemaster and five other sumo wrestlers had tested positive for the virus.
‘A wonderful young wrestler’
Shobushi first suffered from a 38C fever on 4 April.
His stablemasters – highly respected sumo coaches – have said they initially struggled to urge through to the general public health office on the phone, or to urge a hospital to treat him.
He was eventually admitted to hospital in Tokyo on 8 April, after his fever wouldn’t subside and he started coughing blood. an epidemic test came back negative.
The next day, his condition worsened and he was transferred to a different hospital.
On 10 April, he finally tested positive for the virus. Nine days after this, his condition deteriorated and he was brought into medical care .
On Wednesday, the 28-year-old died in hospital in the dark . it’s not known if he suffered from any underlying health conditions.
According to Yomiuri quoting the health ministry, Shobushi is probably going the primary person in their 20s to possess died from the virus in Japan. an outsized majority of virus victims in Japan are above age of fifty .
Shobushi, who made his professional debut in 2007, ranked 11th within the sport’s fourth-tier division, referred to as Sandanme.
Tributes have now poured certain the young wrestler.
“He was an exquisite young wrestler. Rest in peace,” said one commenter on Twitter.