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”

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”