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71st Yokozuna Kakuryu Retires, Announces Elder Name

After 5 consecutive tournaments absent due to various injuries, Yokozuna Kakuryu has decided to retire from competition. The 6 time Emperor’s Cup champion had sought a 7th before pulling out of the current Spring basho. He will remain in the sumo association, addressed as Kakuryu-oyakata. Kakuryu, born Anand Mangaljalav in his native Mongolia, was takenContinue reading “71st Yokozuna Kakuryu Retires, Announces Elder Name”

Another Embarrassing Moment for Azumazeki-oyakata

After a close call in a day 10 bout between East Makushita #44 Chiyonokatsu and West Makushita #46 Toshoyama, Stablemaster Azumazeki (former Komusubi Takamisakari) attempted to explain the results of a judge’s conference. But instead of conveying the decision the judges had made, Azumazeki-oyakata seemingly came up with his own answer while addressing the crowd!Continue reading “Another Embarrassing Moment for Azumazeki-oyakata”

Hakuho Comments on Retirement Plans

Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the 3rd day of Haru Basho 2021 after reaggravating a right knee injury in his day 2 match against Takarafuji. With his eye on a record extending 45th Emperor’s Cup, the serial record breaker returned from four consecutive basho absences. Following closely behind his colleague Yokozuna Kakuryu, who pulled outContinue reading “Hakuho Comments on Retirement Plans”

Hakuho and Kotoshoho Join Kakuryu on Sidelines

Undefeated so far at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, Yokozuna Hakuho’s day 2 win against M1 Takarafuji came at a price. Takarafuji went chest to chest with the Yokozuna, securing a dominant right inside belt grip after the initial scuffle. Unable to reciprocate on his outmatched opponent’s belt, Hakuho took a brief pause at centerContinue reading “Hakuho and Kotoshoho Join Kakuryu on Sidelines”

Champions, Concussions, Changes, and Consequences | January News

It’s been a week since the sumo world pushed its 2021 luck with the New Year tournament. We all know by now that Maegashira #1 Daieisho won his first top division yusho, beating the entirety of a relatively strong sanyaku, and going 8-0 right from the beginning. If you haven’t seen how this played out,Continue reading “Champions, Concussions, Changes, and Consequences | January News”

Takakeisho Withdraws from New Year Tournament

November’s top division champion Ozeki Takakeisho has decided to withdraw from Hatsu Basho 2021 after a disappointing first half. Coming off of his recent title and a runner-up result before that in September, the 24 year old had been looking forward to showing that it is indeed possible to reach Yokozuna on his signature pushContinue reading “Takakeisho Withdraws from New Year Tournament”

The Kyujo-est Tournament of All!

Hatsu Basho 2021 commenced on Sunday amid another coronavirus surge and corresponding state of emergency in Tokyo. Four entire stables — Miyagino, Arashio, Kokonoe, and Tomozuna — have been barred from competing at the January tournament due to COVID outbreaks. Out of 878 sumo personnel tested, 65 wrestlers and 18 other sumo association members wereContinue reading “The Kyujo-est Tournament of All!”

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: East MAKUUCHI West looking fit anddominating inpractice HakuhoMiyagino Yokozuna KakuryuMichinoku has notContinue reading “New Year Banzuke!”

Minato-oyakata Hospitalized, Tatsunami-beya Adds 1 to Infected List

On the 15th, 52 year old Minato-oyakata developed symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. He was hospitalized on Thursday. An investigation by a Saitama area healthcare facility determined there had been no close contact recently with other Minato Stable dwellers, but PCR tests were administered to all 10 Minato wrestlers per sumo association policy. NoneContinue reading “Minato-oyakata Hospitalized, Tatsunami-beya Adds 1 to Infected List”

Kotoshoho Anticipates Rivalry with Oho

Kotoshoho joined his Sadogatake stablemates for a morning spar on Saturday under the hands-on guidance of Hidenoyama-oyakata (recently retired Kotoshogiku). Now the highest ranker (M5) in a highly successful stable, a lot of fans have high hopes for Kotoshoho, as well as for a few exciting salaried wrestlers around his age. Among those he considersContinue reading “Kotoshoho Anticipates Rivalry with Oho”

10 Tatsunami Wrestlers Test Positive

On Wednesday, it was reported that three anonymous lower division wrestlers had tested positive for COVID-19 after developing high fevers and coughs. On Friday, seven new cases found within the same stable were made public. Since the infected group includes one of Tatsunami-beya’s top division rikishi, Akua, said stable has been identified as the homeContinue reading “10 Tatsunami Wrestlers Test Positive”

Kakuryu is Japanese! | Hakuho Challenges Takakeisho

Mongolian-born Yokozuna Kakuryu has attained Japanese citizenship, a prerequisite for holding elder stock in the Japan Sumo Association. He of course has the option to continue competing, but with 15 years worth of professional level wear-and-tear, and pressure from the Yokozuna Deliberation Council to produce results or quit, it seems the main thing holding himContinue reading “Kakuryu is Japanese! | Hakuho Challenges Takakeisho”

Terunofuji Aims for “Double Digits” and Ozeki Return

Most sumo stables take one week of complete rest after a basho before resuming training. During the first week back, wrestlers usually work on foundational movements such as shiko, footwork, pole striking, and push ups. This first week back began with a bit more intensity than that for Komusubi Terunofuji though. “This is normal atContinue reading “Terunofuji Aims for “Double Digits” and Ozeki Return”

“I wanted to reach the top this way” Takakeisho’s Push for Yokozuna

Having taken only half a week of complete rest after the basho, November champion Ozeki Takakeisho has already been back at it in a newly-named Tokiwayama Stable’s training hall. On Tuesday, he worked up a sweat with some basic exercises before taking questions over the phone. “I want to see what level I can takeContinue reading ““I wanted to reach the top this way” Takakeisho’s Push for Yokozuna”

“It ended up a good experience” Shodai’s Injury and Outlook on Hatsu

Having withdrawn from the November tournament due to a left ankle injury, new Ozeki Shodai looks to escape kadoban at Hatsu Basho 2020, only his second tournament at the rank. “I think it will recover well enough by that time,” a relaxed Shodai told reporters over the phone on Monday. With taping fixed to hisContinue reading ““It ended up a good experience” Shodai’s Injury and Outlook on Hatsu”

“When in doubt, hit hard!” Kotoshogiku’s Retirement, Crazy Techniques, and Injured Stars | Nov. 8-14 News

Starting off with the biggest story of the week… Kotoshogiku Retires Former Ozeki Kotoshogiku of Sadogatake-beya announced his retirement Friday, after losing his last professional match at the rank of Juryo #3 West. The ever popular 36 year old gave his all during this tournament and the one prior while suffering from a calf muscleContinue reading ““When in doubt, hit hard!” Kotoshogiku’s Retirement, Crazy Techniques, and Injured Stars | Nov. 8-14 News”

Injured Asanoyama Joins Yokozuna on Sidelines

Favored by many for a November title, Ozeki Asanoyama submitted a medical certificate for withdrawal after Monday’s loss to Komusubi Terunofuji. The injury is stated to be a contusion of a right deltoid (shoulder) muscle which will take about 4 weeks to heal properly. Asanoyama’s day 1 match against Kiribayama is apparently where he sustainedContinue reading “Injured Asanoyama Joins Yokozuna on Sidelines”

November Banzuke

We are less than two weeks away from the last honbasho of 2020! Taking place in Tokyo instead of the usual Fukuoka Kokusai Center, spectator capacity in the Ryogoku Kokugikan will be increased to around 5000 seats, double the previous tournament. Aside from bold moves by the sumo association, the newly released rankings chart promisesContinue reading “November Banzuke”

Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November

Following Shodai’s successful Aki Basho and promotion, three Ozeki sit atop the rankings chart, just below the waning Yokozuna. It will be one year in November since three Ozeki — Takakeisho, Takayasu, and Goeido — competed together. Of those three, only the 24 year old Takakeisho remains at the rank. A little over a weekContinue reading “Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November”

“It’s Regrettable that Shodai made Ozeki” Asanoyama Recounts Big Loss

Over a year since his first and so far only top division title, Asanoyama finished his second basho ranked at Ozeki with a record of 10-5. After a rough 3-loss start, a mid-tournament comeback (aided by two default wins) put him in the yusho race. Unfortunately though, this was not enough to put him inContinue reading ““It’s Regrettable that Shodai made Ozeki” Asanoyama Recounts Big Loss”

Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations

On the 30th, the Japan Sumo Association held their extraordinary board meeting, and a meeting of the rank-deciding committee. The hottest topic on the table was the promotion of first time champion Shodai to Ozeki. Mostly a formality as the arrangements had essentially been made beforehand, a unanimous stamp of approval was given. Between DirectorContinue reading “Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations”

Shodai Prepares for Ozeki Promotion

Aki Basho’s top division champion Shodai has finally reached his long sought-after milestone of sumo’s second highest rank. In preparation for his Ozeki promotion acceptance speech, he has selected a special “four character idiom” which is customary for this situation. The one he chose is meant to express his desired way of life from nowContinue reading “Shodai Prepares for Ozeki Promotion”

All 24 Hospitalized Tamanoi Wrestlers Return Home

Good News! As scheduled, the 24 wrestlers from Tamanoi-beya who had been hospitalized due to coronavirus have been discharged and returned home on Sunday, the 27th. With great relief, all of them are reportedly doing well, and plans are being made for the stable — which houses Juryo rikishi Azumaryu and Fujiazuma — to enterContinue reading “All 24 Hospitalized Tamanoi Wrestlers Return Home”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #15 | Shodai vs. Tobizaru

It all came down to this match. Either rookie Tobizaru would outwit his much larger foe and force a play-off, or Sekiwake Shodai would take the most direct route to his long sought-after first Makuuchi championship title. When all was said and done, Tobizaru seemed to be thrilled just to have the chance to playContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #15 | Shodai vs. Tobizaru”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #14 | Hoshoryu vs. Kagayaki

Young throwing specialist Hoshoryu faced the giant (6’4) Kagayaki for the first time today. Hoshoryu’s debut in Makuuchi has been an interesting back and forth, winning one or two days — usually in exciting fashion — and losing one or two more, often with a painful slam to the clay. He’s been carrying the burdenContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #14 | Hoshoryu vs. Kagayaki”

Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu Bring the Withdrawal Total to 13

July’s top division champion M1 Terunofuji has announced his withdrawal from Aki Basho due to resurfacing left knee pain from osteoarthritis. He leaves the tournament with a record of 8-4, a majority of wins that will ensure a historical promotion back to sanyaku. Treatment is expected to take three weeks. Surprise title contender Wakatakakage getsContinue reading “Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu Bring the Withdrawal Total to 13”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #11 | Enho vs. Shimanoumi

“They’re figuring him out.” That’s what people are saying now that Enho’s top division kachi-koshi streak has been replaced by 3 make-koshi in a row. But here are some reasons the lightweight may not be disappearing from the main broadcast as soon as some may think. The thing is, the majority of wrestlers get “figuredContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #11 | Enho vs. Shimanoumi”

Takakeisho’s Shoulder May Be an Issue [Video]

After defeating veteran Maegashira #5 Takarafuji with a diving oshidashi on day 11 of Aki Basho, Ozeki Takakeisho was seen having difficulty using his right arm to prop himself up. He was finally able to get up after several seconds of struggle where it seemed like something had partially dislocated. Afterwards, the now 9-2 tournamentContinue reading “Takakeisho’s Shoulder May Be an Issue [Video]”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #10 | Meisei vs. Aoiyama

For the past few days, a very saturated leaderboard has kept our minds busy with speculations. Will Asanoyama pull through as “less worthy” rikishi fall away? Will we see another bottom rung champion? Will Takakeisho hold it together? Will Shodai finally see the fruits of his labor? Did Onosho’s brief sole lead foreshadow something significant?Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #10 | Meisei vs. Aoiyama”

Kiribayama Forced to Drop Out of Title Race

East Maegashira #5 Kiribayama of Michinoku Stable strained his left rotator cuff on day 9 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, and will likely be out for the remainder of the basho. The injury occurred during his match against Ozeki Takakeisho, in which he heard a “popping” sound. According to Michinoku-oyakata, a September comeback dependsContinue reading “Kiribayama Forced to Drop Out of Title Race”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #8 | Sadanoumi vs. Tobizaru

Exciting new top division wrestler Tobizaru has been catching everyone’s attention with his often wild style of fighting. Living up to his shikona, which actually means “flying monkey,” relative lightweight Tobizaru reminds us a lot of our beloved Ura, whose creative style has had fans following him throughout his lower division journey. Like a lotContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #8 | Sadanoumi vs. Tobizaru”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #7 | Daieisho vs. Tochinoshin

Almost halfway through the tournament and bouts are getting really entertaining. It was difficult to decide between this match and Tobizaru vs. Chiyotairyu, but overall, the back and forth style clash of pusher-thruster Daieisho vs. powerhouse grappler Tochinoshin was the most interesting to watch from a technical standpoint. 26 year old Daieisho is fighting atContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #7 | Daieisho vs. Tochinoshin”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #6 | Aoiyama vs. Takarafuji

East Tale of the Tape West W. Maegashira #7 Rank W. Maegashira #5 Aoiyama Name Takarafuji Kasugano Stable Isegahama 34 Age 33 6’2/191cm Height 6’/185cm 414lbs/188kg Weight 366lbs/166kg Oshi-zumo Style Hidari yotsu-zumo 21 wins Past Meetings (24) 3 wins 3-3 Record this Basho 4-2

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #5 | Okinoumi vs. Endo

An awesome belt battle between the Komusubi ensued today. On the East side, Okinoumi was coming off his first win of the tournament against Sekiwake Mitakeumi yesterday. In the West, Endo had already taken out two top contenders in Ozeki Asanoyama and July champion Terunofuji. Six years the younger and eight years less experienced, EndoContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #5 | Okinoumi vs. Endo”

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