Paralyzed Hibikiryu Dies at 28 Years Old

It has been over a month since the shocking accident that rendered Sandanme wrestler Hibikiryu paralyzed atop the Haru Basho dohyo. During the time that has elapsed, little information on his condition has come out, except for the fact that he had not left the hospital and was still unable to move his body fromContinue reading “Paralyzed Hibikiryu Dies at 28 Years Old”

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Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the 3rd day of Haru Basho 2021 after reaggravating a right knee injury in his day 2 match against Takarafuji.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”

Can Kakuryu Catch a Break?

Last Wednesday, Kakuryu confirmed his intention to return to the ring after four consecutive tournaments absent. Ranked at West Yokozuna alongside fellow Mongolian Hakuho in the East slot, Kakuryu shared his feelings on the upcoming Haru Basho, now only one week away. “I’m finally competing. Finally,” he said between sniffles and coughs while talking toContinue reading “Can Kakuryu Catch a Break?”

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!”

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”

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”

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”

“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”