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”

71st Yokozuna Kakuryu Retires, Announces Elder Name

After 5 consecutive tournaments absent due to various injuries, Yokozuna Kakuryu has decided to retire from competition. The 6 time Emperor’s Cup champion had sought a 7th before pulling out of the current Spring basho. He will remain in the sumo association, addressed as Kakuryu-oyakata. Kakuryu, born Anand Mangaljalav in his native Mongolia, was takenContinue reading “71st Yokozuna Kakuryu Retires, Announces Elder Name”

Myogiryu Becomes Surprise Sole Leader

Two leaders at 4 wins and 0 losses each entered day 5 of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. On one side was Sekiwake Terunofuji, who seeks a return to his highest rank of Ozeki, a feat demanding just 6 more wins. On the other side stood a seasoned but inauspicious rank-and-filer, Myogiryu. MyogiryuContinue reading “Myogiryu Becomes Surprise Sole Leader”

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Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the 3rd day of Haru Basho 2021 after reaggravating a right knee injury in his day 2 match against Takarafuji.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

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”

Takakeisho Withdraws from New Year Tournament

November’s top division champion Ozeki Takakeisho has decided to withdraw from Hatsu Basho 2021 after a disappointing first half. Coming off of his recent title and a runner-up result before that in September, the 24 year old had been looking forward to showing that it is indeed possible to reach Yokozuna on his signature pushContinue reading “Takakeisho Withdraws from New Year Tournament”

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!”