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Hiroshi Tanahashi cleared to wrestle at NJPW Summer Struggle

After making a television appearance with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19, Hiroshi Tanahashi has undergone testing and been cleared to resume wrestling.

NJPW wrote that Tanahashi made the TV appearance on August 1 but adequate countermeasures were put in place and Tanahashi wasn't in close contact with the person who tested positive. NJPW's full statement is available below:

On August 1, Hiroshi Tanahashi made a television appearance with another cast member who has since tested positive for COVID-19. 

Adequate countermeasures were put in place during production of the program, and Tanahashi did not come into close contact with the infected party. 

As a precaution, Tanahashi has since undertaken antigen, antibody and PCR testing, with all tests returning negative. 

Tanahashi is in good health and will be able to compete on this week’s Summer Struggle events in Korakuen Hall.

Tanahashi is teaming with Kota Ibushi & Master Wato in NJPW's tournament for the vacant NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team titles. They're facing Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru in a first round match at Friday's Summer Struggle event.

Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & SHO vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Gedo & Jado, SANADA, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & DOUKI, and Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI are the other first round matches in the NEVER Six-Man Tag Team title tournament. It will begin this Thursday and conclude on Sunday.

NJPW announced last week that Honma and Yota Tsuji tested negative for COVID-19 and were cleared to return to action after missing three events as a precautionary measure due to making a TV appearance on July 17 with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19.