19 Tamanoi Wrestlers Infected

Tamanoi-beya has become the latest epicenter of coronavirus within the professional sumo world. 19 total infections have been reported out of Tamanoi as of Thursday, including Juryo #14 Fujiazuma, and the September 5th case which prompted a full examination of said stable. All except for Fujiazuma are at Makushita or lower. 12 of the infectedContinue reading “19 Tamanoi Wrestlers Infected”

COVID Cases Continue Ahead of September Meet

The Japan Sumo Association uncovered a new case of coronavirus within the Makushita ranks on Saturday, September 5th. On Wednesday, Public relations director Shibatayama announced that another case had been found. Subsequent tests within the concerned stable have come back as false positives, and suggested several more true positive cases may be likely. Shibatayama-oyakata assuredContinue reading “COVID Cases Continue Ahead of September Meet”

Retired Rikishi Dies While Coaching

Former Makushita wrestler Maeta Masaru passed away on Wednesday night at a hospital in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack. At only 38 years old, Maeta had retired from professional sumo less than two years ago. After retirement he began a fertilizer management career at Sanken Soil.Continue reading “Retired Rikishi Dies While Coaching”

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”

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”

Senshuraku Preview | “Nagoya” 2020

Former top division rikishi Chiyonokuni won his second Makushita championship with a 7 and 0 record on day 13, and hopefully we will see him return to salaried status soon. In Juryo, it is possible for any one of these 8 men to win the title, but most likely it will come down to oneContinue reading “Senshuraku Preview | “Nagoya” 2020″

Ura Extends Winning Streak at July Basho

Ura, the exciting former top division fighter from Kise stable, won his third straight bout on Friday against Tsushimanada, going 3-0 at Makushita #19. This win extends an already impressive comeback record as well. In Friday’s bout, Ura read a dodgy tachiai by Tsushimanada (Makushita #21), dove low under the Sakaigawa wrestler’s defense, and forcedContinue reading “Ura Extends Winning Streak at July Basho”

Former Rikishi Takes Down Shoplifter

Sumo performer, Metcha, received merit after apprehending a shoplifter on a Tokyo shopping street Tuesday night. The 31 year old retired wrestler caught the perpetrator after hearing shouts of, “Stop! Catch him!” from a Musashikoyama shopping street vendor. Metcha, former Jonidan wrestler Aononami, was heading back from a visit to the public bathhouse when heContinue reading “Former Rikishi Takes Down Shoplifter”

Tomokaze Making Solid Progress in Rehab

Young hopeful, Tomokaze of Oguruma-beya suffered a severe knee dislocation during a fall from the dohyo in November of last year. The injury which took place in his day 2 match against Kotoyuki saw him — less than expertly — helped into a wheelchair, and transported from the Fukuoka Kokusai Center. Tomokaze had just reachedContinue reading “Tomokaze Making Solid Progress in Rehab”