NJPW reveals positive COVID-19 tests for Shingo Takagi & BUSHI

Originally published at NJPW reveals positive COVID-19 tests for Shingo Takagi & BUSHI

NJPW has provided an update on Shingo Takagi and BUSHI, announcing that both men have tested positive for COVID-19.

The two performers were removed from Sunday’s Summer Struggle event in Shizuoka with fevers and subjected to PCR testing. On Wednesday night, NJPW issued a statement that the tests were positive:

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 relevent people as the first priority.

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

Shingo Takagi is currently scheduled to defend the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against EVIL at Wrestle Grand Slam on Sunday, September 5th at the MetLife Dome. The status of that match was not mentioned in the statement.