After progressing to R2, Gondo Kohei (XD) has withdrawn from the Ranking Circuit. Considering that Lots of domestic sports events are going ahead, including the biggies, such as baseball and soccer. Actually, as the Ranking Circuit plays a major role, along with the All Japan Championships, in determining rankings and promotion to the national team, it is not an easy tournament to cancel. As for public opposition to major sporting events; this probably needs to be interpreted, more than anything, to mean major international sporting events, e.g., the Olympics. A proportion of the populace is very sensitive about nasty viruses being brought into the country by virus-bearing foreign nationals.