Japanese sumo wrestler Kiyotaka Suetake, commonly known as Shobushi, died after contracting the coronavirus on Wednesday.
According to a statement by Japan Sumo Association, the 28-year-old athlete, who was being treated at a hospital in Tokyo, suffered multiple organ failure.
Shobushi was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed until next year due to the pandemic.
The Olympic Games will be held on July 23-Aug. 8, 2021 and the Paralympic Games will take place on Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2021.
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