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”

Endo Out, Kiribayama Back In

Due to pain and effusion from an ACL injury, struggling Komusubi Endo has decided to sit out the rest of Aki Basho. He leaves on day 12 with only 3 wins (including some impressive ones), his make-koshi already having been decided. According to Oitekaze-oyakata, “It’s been like this, but when his right knee started fillingContinue reading “Endo Out, Kiribayama Back In”

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]”

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”

Yutakayama Forfeits Win to Asanoyama

Tokitsukaze wrestler, Yutakayama injured his right leg in his match against Ozeki Takakeisho on day 7 of the 2020 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The official diagnosis was a strain of the right anterior tibiofemoral ligament, which caused the East Maegashira #4 to withdraw from Sunday’s action. The injury was caused by a twisting force onContinue reading “Yutakayama Forfeits Win to Asanoyama”

Ishiura Entering Basho Half Way Through

Miyagino stable’s Ishiura (M13), who has taken the first 7 days of Aki Basho off due to a fracture in his right ankle, will make his first appearance on Sunday. The doctor’s note which explained his diagnosis as a right talus fracture also outlined a projected healing time of three weeks. The injury took placeContinue reading “Ishiura Entering Basho Half Way Through”

Kotoshogiku to Return to Action on Saturday

The oldest current salaried level rikishi, 36 year old Kotoshogiku will make a return to the Kokugikan on the 19th. He had injured his left calf in a match against Meisei on Tuesday, and painfully withdrew on day 4. At only one win, the former Ozeki (now M11) would be almost guaranteed to drop toContinue reading “Kotoshogiku to Return to Action on Saturday”

Kyokutaisei is 8th Salaried Level Kyujo

After injuring his left achilles tendon during his fight against Shimanoumi on day 4, East Maegashira #16 Kyokutaisei (Tomozuna-beya) had to withdraw from day 5 action. He will likely sit out the rest of the tournament as his projected healing and treatment time is 6 weeks. He left Aki Basho with a 2-2 record beforeContinue reading “Kyokutaisei is 8th Salaried Level Kyujo”

Kotoshogiku Out with Calf Strain

According to a medical certificate presented to the JSA on the 15th, Kotoshogiku has strained his left calf muscle and will likely take around two weeks to heal. The East Maegashira #11 from Sadogatake-beya withdrew from day 3 action, forfeiting a win to West M11 Chiyotairyu. Kotoshogiku leaves with a single win so far. AfterContinue reading “Kotoshogiku Out with Calf Strain”

Both Yokozuna to Take September Off

Two days before the beginning of Aki Basho, both current Yokozuna submitted doctor’s notes to the sumo association, withdrawing from the tournament. This will be the first time in 37 years that two or more active Yokozuna will not compete from day one. The last time this happened was at Natsu Basho 1983, when bothContinue reading “Both Yokozuna to Take September Off”