Sumo Association Alludes to Lifting Social Media Ban

On the 28th at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, the Japan Sumo Association held a board meeting to go over the financial statement for the July and September tournaments, as well as other subjects. As for the schedule going forward, February 4th through 7th of next year, there will be a training session for staffContinue reading “Sumo Association Alludes to Lifting Social Media Ban”

Hakuho Under Fire for his “Unsightly” Tachiai

Yokozuna Hakuho (34, Miyagino-beya) was given harsh criticism by the Yokozuna Deliberation Council (YDC), who called his technique “unsightly” and “excessive,” among other things. On the 25th, one night after the final day of the Kyushu Basho, the YDC held its usual post-basho meeting at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Hakuho had just raised theContinue reading “Hakuho Under Fire for his “Unsightly” Tachiai”

Terunofuji’s 7-0 Makushita Championship

Kyushu Basho — Day 13 — November 22nd — Fukuoka Kokusai Center A former Ozeki who at one point considered retirement, has secured his return to sekitori (salaried wrestler) status. Translated from: After having undergone surgery for knee injuries and dropping to the Jonidan (second lowest) division, Terunofuji (27, Isegahama-beya) has made his wayContinue reading “Terunofuji’s 7-0 Makushita Championship”

Terunofuji Closing in on Juryo Return

Kyushu Basho 2019, Day 11 (November 20th, Fukuoka Kokusai Center) [Former Ozeki] Makushita 10 Terunofuji (6-0) earns 6th straight win on day 11 of Kyushu Basho. He will face Tsushimanada (6-0) on day 13 for the Makushita championship title. Translated from: Former Ozeki, Terunofuji (27, Isegahama-beya), who has fallen to Makushita 10 after injuringContinue reading “Terunofuji Closing in on Juryo Return”

Takayasu’s Last Minute Withdrawal

Ozeki Takayasu (29, Tagonoura-beya) made an unusual last minute decision to withdraw from day 8 action due to low back pain, putting a damper on his campaign to avoid demotion. Translated from: Takayasu applied for withdrawal after the top division ring entering ceremony, ensuring a freebie win for his scheduled opponent Takarafuji. He reportedContinue reading “Takayasu’s Last Minute Withdrawal”

Sekiwake Tochinoshin and Makuuchi Debutant Wakatakakage Withdraw

Sekiwake Tochinoshin, who was aiming for a return to Ozeki, will be absent from the November tournament starting day 5 after he sustained an injury in his right upper abdominal region. Translated from: Tochinoshin was demoted to Sekiwake after posting losing records at the two previous tournaments. He had a chance to climb backContinue reading “Sekiwake Tochinoshin and Makuuchi Debutant Wakatakakage Withdraw”

Goeido Pulls Out After Ankle Injury

East Ozeki Goeido (33, Sakaigawa-beya) will be absent from day 2 of Kyushu Basho due to a left ankle injury. He sustained the injury in a losing bout against Komusubi Endo. Translated from: According to Goeido’s stablemaster, Sakaigawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Ryogoku), he is not planning to return part way through the tournament, so mostContinue reading “Goeido Pulls Out After Ankle Injury”

Jonidan Ura’s Comeback Basho Victory

Translated from: Former top division wrestler, now Jonidan 106, Ura (27, Kise-beya), had an easy victory in his return after 5 tournaments off. “I was absurdly nervous.” Ura said, looking back on his oshidashi win against Daishojo. Ura had a surgical revision on his right knee back when he was in the top division,Continue reading “Jonidan Ura’s Comeback Basho Victory”

Top-Ranked Kakuryu, absent from day one due to slipped lumbar vertebrae

Grand Sumo Kyushu Basho — Opening Day — November 10th — Fukuoka Kokusai Center East Yokozuna Kakuryu (34, Michinoku-beya) will be absent from the opening day of Kyushu Basho. A doctors note was turned into the Japan Sumo Association today, “due to a recurrence of slipped lumbar vertebrae, Kakuryu will require rest for 14 days.”Continue reading “Top-Ranked Kakuryu, absent from day one due to slipped lumbar vertebrae”