NJPW Confirm Positive COVID-19 Tests For Shingo Takagi & BUSHI

The company tested their entire roster on Sunday

New Japan Pro-Wrestling have confirmed that two competitors, Shingo Takagi and BUSHI, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Takagi and BUSHI were both pulled from the Summer Struggle 2021 show on Sunday 15 August after they each presented with a fever. Neither wrestler has competed on the tour since as they awaited the results of a PCR test.

NJPW have now issued a statement, indicating that the entire talent roster underwent PCR testing and that Takagi and BUSHI have come back positive for coronavirus. 

Each performer is now isolating, with NJPW saying that their respective conditions have not worsened since they took their tests. 

The statement, posted on NJPW's website, reads: "As a result of PCR testing conducted across the roster following the August 15 Summer Struggle 2021 event in Shizuoka, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has learned of two positive tests for COVID-19.

"Two wrestlers, Shingo Takagi and BUSHI, who presented with a fever and missed their match on the day of the August 15 event were immediately tested in accordance with COVID protocols, with the tests returning positive.

"Their fevers went down and their conditions are not becoming worse.

"According to protocols and under medical advice, they are isolating and receiving appropriate treatment.

"New Japan Pro-Wrestling will continue dealing appropriately with the situation following the directions given from the health care center.

"We will work to further strengthen our COVID-19 countermeasures, and run events with infection prevention and safety of all fans, wrestlers, staff and relevant people as the first priority."

"NJPW deeply apologizes for the concern caused to fans and personnel and asks for your understanding."

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