Ironman Tamawashi pulls out due to COVID-19; JSA may officially keep back-to-back match streak

Third place maegashira Tamawashi, who has not missed a fight in his 18-year career, withdrew from the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament due to a positive case of coronavirus at his Kataonami stable, the Japan Sumo Association said Friday.

The 37-year-old Mongolian wrestler’s streak of 1,448 consecutive bouts since his debut in January 2004 is the fourth longest of all time. However, his streak is expected to officially continue as the JSA has supported medical exemptions related to COVID-19.

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