Sport is often a microcosm of life, with what takes place on the field of play — or in the coach's office — regularly reflecting overall trends in a particular country.

Sumo is no different. Just as the initial wave of fear over COVID-19 was gradually replaced by habituation and an increasing casualness amongst a large section of the general population, and “Stay at Home” morphed into “Go To," so too did spectator-free and canceled tournaments give way to those with an increasing number of fans in attendance.

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