Arashio Stable Newest Outbreak

It was revealed on the last day of 2020 that Maegashira #2 Wakatakakage had developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. He had apparently not been in contact with any others outside of Arashio-beya. Subsequent tests within the stable came back on New Years Day, indicating 11 more infections, including Arashio-oyakata (former top division Sokokurai),Continue reading “Arashio Stable Newest Outbreak”

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”

“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”

Another Wrestler Tests Positive, Matsugane-oyakata Discharged

On the 14th it was reported that an anonymous lower division wrestler has tested positive for coronavirus. He was complaining of COVID related symptoms on Monday evening and was promptly quarantined within his stable. A PCR test was administered the next day, coming back negative. His symptoms persisted for a few days after that, promptingContinue reading “Another Wrestler Tests Positive, Matsugane-oyakata Discharged”

Former Tokitsukaze Coach Passes

67 year old Adachi Toshimasa, a former sumo coach and top division wrestler, died on Sunday after a prolonged battle with cancer. Working as an advisor for the JSA past the normal retirement age of 65, Mr. Adachi (or Takekuma-oyakata as he was most recently named) began to experience the irreversible affects of multiple myeloma.Continue reading “Former Tokitsukaze Coach Passes”

Nishonoseki Coach Tests Positive

It was revealed on Friday that Matsugane-oyakata (former Tamarikido) of Nishonoseki-beya has tested positive to a PCR test for COVID-19. On Thursday, Matsugane had been on an outing to meet with possible recruits and decided to take a test afterwards just in case. The test came back positive around midnight of the same day, andContinue reading “Nishonoseki Coach Tests Positive”

Abi’s Resignation Rejected, Tagonoura is Scolded

After ignoring safety protocols to go out drinking with friends, Abi (Maegashira #5 East) was forced to withdraw midway through the July basho. He submitted a formal resignation to sumo officials on August 4th, but on Thursday, the Japan Sumo Association rejected the letters and decided on a lesser punishment. While most of the professionalContinue reading “Abi’s Resignation Rejected, Tagonoura is Scolded”

Wrestlers Run Away from Overbearing Stable Life

Nine out of the 19 rikishi living at Shikihide-beya packed up and left their sumo home in Ibaraki Prefecture on Tuesday. The group contacted sumo officials from a karaoke booth in Chiba Prefecture. Their main complaint was “moral harassment” from their stablemaster’s wife who has taken a more authoritative role recently. The wrestlers then headedContinue reading “Wrestlers Run Away from Overbearing Stable Life”

Tochiozan Retires

On Wednesday, former Sekiwake Tochiozan (Juryo #2 on current banzuke) of Kasugano-beya announced his retirement from sumo competition in a remote conference with his stablemaster Kasugano-oyakata. It was revealed that he will stay on as a coach, taking on the elder name “Kiyomigata.” “I’ve done nothing but sumo since I was a kid, so IContinue reading “Tochiozan Retires”

Asanoyama’s Current Attitude, Stablemaster Takasago Checks In

It has been nine years since the 2011 “yaocho” match-fixing scandal tore up the reputation of professional sumo. Spring of that year was the last time a honbasho was canceled. This past Monday, Japan’s state of emergency was extended to the end of the month, and in turn sumo was put on hold. On theContinue reading “Asanoyama’s Current Attitude, Stablemaster Takasago Checks In”