Bushiroad Announce NJPW Is Preparing To Resume Live Events

Everyone will be tested for COVID-19...

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused major disruption to New Japan Pro-Wrestling's 2020 schedule. The promotion hasn't held an event since February 26 and has cancelled the New Japan Cup, Best Of The Super Juniors 27, and Wrestle Dynasty at Madison Square Garden. 

The state of emergency in Japan was lifted on May 31 and the government announced sporting events can resume from June 19. Spectators will even be allowed to attend shows from July 10 if the situation in the country continues to improve. 

New Japan's parent company Bushiroad has now announced the promotion is preparing to resume live events. They did not say when shows will resume but did state that everyone will be tested for coronavirus with the COVID-19 Rapid Test.  

Bushiroad wrote: "Bushiroad announces that all players and performers will be tested for antibodies in preparation for the resumption of live events.

"Bushiroad has cancelled or postponed a number of events since February in light of the new coronavirus virus outbreak. With the lifting of the state of emergency, we are pleased to announce that we have decided to resume live events such as professional wrestling, stage and live music, and to conduct antibody tests on all members of the team for the safety and security of the players and performers."

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