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The Japan Sumo Association will start the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo from May 9 behind closed doors, an association source said.

No spectators will be admitted through the third day, May 11, at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The JSA decision is in line with a coronavirus state of emergency declared Friday covering areas including Tokyo from Sunday until May 11, the source said.

The JSA had planned to allow 5,000 spectators each day, a figure roughly half of the venue's capacity. It will be the second time that grand sumo tournament matches take place without spectators. The March 2020 spring tourney was held entirely behind closed doors.

This year's first two grand tournaments in January and March were also held in Tokyo during a state of emergency. However, government guidelines permitted the JSA to welcome up to 5,000 fans per day.