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”

Senshuraku Preview | Haru 2021

The following is the transcript to the video posted below. With the lower division titles already decided on day 13, including Abi‘s undefeated return to the third division, all that’s left are the salaried divisions, Juryo and Makunouchi. JURYO Hakuyozan and Takagenji are favored to win the title, currently at 10 wins each. But sinceContinue reading “Senshuraku Preview | Haru 2021”

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”

Spring Banzuke! | February News

The official rankings chart for the 2020 March Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo was released Monday morning! A few things stick out immediately: 1. Both Yokozuna have made it to Banzuke-day without retiring (or should I say we made it to Banzuke-day without our Yokozuna retiring?) In fact, Kakuryu has made a great showing atContinue reading “Spring Banzuke! | February News”

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”

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!”

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”

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”

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”

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”