New Year Banzuke!

The official rankings chart for Hatsu Basho (beginning January 10th in Tokyo) was released a bit earlier than usual, so we’re a bit late in presenting it! 🙀 Here’s some of the basic info you should know ahead of the New Year tournament:

EastMAKUUCHIWest
looking fit and
dominating in
practice
Hakuho
Miyagino
YokozunaKakuryu
Michinoku
has not been
sparring,
still tentative
about competing
November Makuuchi
champion, aiming for
Yokozuna promotion
Takakeisho
Tokiwayama
OzekiShodai
Tokitsukaze
kadoban, up
from E. Ozeki 2
also kadoban, down
from W. Ozeki 1
Asanoyama
Takasago
Ozeki
up from
E. Komusubi
Terunofuji
Isegahama
SekiwakeTakanosho
Tokiwayama
maintains his
personal highest
rank
up from
W. Komusubi
Takayasu
Tagonoura
KomusubiMitakeumi
Dewanoumi
down from
E. Sekiwake
up from E. M4Hokutofuji
Hakkaku
M1Daieisho
Oitekaze
up from W. M2
up from E. M6Takarafuji
Isegahama
M2Wakatakakage
Arashio
down from W. M1
new personal highest
rank, up from W. M5
Kotoshoho
Sadogatake
M3Onosho
Onomatsu
down from E. M2
up from E. M7Tochinoshin
Kasugano
M4Tamawashi
Kataonami
up from W. M6
up from W. M7Endo
Oitekaze
M5Okinoumi
Hakkaku
down from W. M3
up from E. M10Ryuden
Takadagawa
M6Kagayaki
Takadagawa
down from E. M3
up from W. M10;
Tatsunami-beya has
had a recent virus
outbreak; effect on
competition not yet
known
Meisei
Tatsunami
M7Tobizaru
Oitekaze
down from W. M4
up from E. M9Tokushoryu
Kise
M8Kiribayama
Michinoku
down from E. M1
up from E. M14Chiyonokuni
Kokonoe
M9Myogiryu
Sakaigawa
down from E. M5
up from E. M17,
biggest jump on the
Makuuchi banzuke
Shimanoumi
Kise
M10Aoiyama
Kasugano
down from E. M8
up from E. M15Chiyotairyu
Kokonoe
M11Kotoeko
Sadogatake
down from W. M9
up from W. M13;
Stablemaster Minato
was hospitalized with
coronavirus, but the
rest of Minato-beya is
so far clear
Ichinojo
Minato
M12Terutsuyoshi
Isegahama
down from W. M8
up from W. M16,
new personal highest
rank
Akua
Tatsunami
M13Chiyoshoma
Kokonoe
up from E. M16
down from E. M13Hoshoryu
Tatsunami
M14Midorifuji
Isegahama
November Juryo
champion,
up from E. J2,
Makuuchi debut
down from E. M12Yutakayama
Tokitsukaze
M15Kotonowaka
Sadogatake
down from W. M14
down from W. M12Kaisei
Tomozuna
M16Akiseyama
Kise
up from E. J1, back
in Makuuchi after
almost 5 years!
down from E. M11Sadanoumi
Sakaigawa
M17

Conspicuously absent from the top division chart is Enho, who fell to East Juryo #3. New to Juryo, as announced in November, are Tohakuryu (W. J14) and Oho (W. J11). Returning to Juryo from Makushita are Ryuko (E. J14) and Yago (W. J13). We’ll be keeping a close eye on a struggling Ikioi at East Juryo #13. He’s dangerously close to losing salary for the first time in over nine years!

Source: Nihon Sumo Kyokai

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