As expected, the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament has been cancelled following the government’s extension of the state of emergency.

The move, coming after the publication of the banzuke (rankings) and accompanied by a decision to host the July meet in Tokyo (rather than in Nagoya as usual), raises some interesting questions.

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