Injured Asanoyama Joins Yokozuna on Sidelines

Favored by many for a November title, Ozeki Asanoyama submitted a medical certificate for withdrawal after Monday’s loss to Komusubi Terunofuji. The injury is stated to be a contusion of a right deltoid (shoulder) muscle which will take about 4 weeks to heal properly. Asanoyama’s day 1 match against Kiribayama is apparently where he sustainedContinue reading “Injured Asanoyama Joins Yokozuna on Sidelines”

Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu Bring the Withdrawal Total to 13

July’s top division champion M1 Terunofuji has announced his withdrawal from Aki Basho due to resurfacing left knee pain from osteoarthritis. He leaves the tournament with a record of 8-4, a majority of wins that will ensure a historical promotion back to sanyaku. Treatment is expected to take three weeks. Surprise title contender Wakatakakage getsContinue reading “Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu Bring the Withdrawal Total to 13”

Yutakayama Forfeits Win to Asanoyama

Tokitsukaze wrestler, Yutakayama injured his right leg in his match against Ozeki Takakeisho on day 7 of the 2020 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The official diagnosis was a strain of the right anterior tibiofemoral ligament, which caused the East Maegashira #4 to withdraw from Sunday’s action. The injury was caused by a twisting force onContinue reading “Yutakayama Forfeits Win to Asanoyama”

Kyokutaisei is 8th Salaried Level Kyujo

After injuring his left achilles tendon during his fight against Shimanoumi on day 4, East Maegashira #16 Kyokutaisei (Tomozuna-beya) had to withdraw from day 5 action. He will likely sit out the rest of the tournament as his projected healing and treatment time is 6 weeks. He left Aki Basho with a 2-2 record beforeContinue reading “Kyokutaisei is 8th Salaried Level Kyujo”

Kotoshogiku Out with Calf Strain

According to a medical certificate presented to the JSA on the 15th, Kotoshogiku has strained his left calf muscle and will likely take around two weeks to heal. The East Maegashira #11 from Sadogatake-beya withdrew from day 3 action, forfeiting a win to West M11 Chiyotairyu. Kotoshogiku leaves with a single win so far. AfterContinue reading “Kotoshogiku Out with Calf Strain”

Both Yokozuna to Take September Off

Two days before the beginning of Aki Basho, both current Yokozuna submitted doctor’s notes to the sumo association, withdrawing from the tournament. This will be the first time in 37 years that two or more active Yokozuna will not compete from day one. The last time this happened was at Natsu Basho 1983, when bothContinue reading “Both Yokozuna to Take September Off”

Kotoyuki “Tags In” Stablemate Kotonowaka

Another top division wrestler from Sadogatake-beya is out. The first was rising star Kotonowaka (M13) on day 8 due to left knee pain; this time it’s Maegashira 17 Kotoyuki because of a right knee injury. As the younger rikishi Kotonowaka made a reentry to competition on Saturday, Kotoyuki did not show up, forfeiting the winContinue reading “Kotoyuki “Tags In” Stablemate Kotonowaka”

No Yokozuna Left at July Basho, Title Race Narrows

The remaining Yokozuna, Hakuho, is withdrawing from day 13 of Shichigatsu Basho (July tournament) in Tokyo. The cause is a meniscus and patellofemoral ligament injury in the right knee, as well as some arthritis. The treatment is expected to take two weeks, suggesting he, like the others who have already exited, probably will not beContinue reading “No Yokozuna Left at July Basho, Title Race Narrows”

Takakeisho Leaves, Fourth Kyujo for July

Complaining of an exacerbation of a chronic knee issue, Ozeki Takakeisho has withdrawn from the tournament on day 12. This came right after achieving his 8th win and avoiding demotion from Ozeki. Going into the July meet with the threat of demotion looming ever since March, the rotund pusher-thruster wasted little time getting to kachikoshi.Continue reading “Takakeisho Leaves, Fourth Kyujo for July”

Kotonowaka Leaves Action with Knee Injury

Maegashira #13 Kotonowaka of Sadogatake-beya has withdrawn from the July tournament after day 7 citing a left knee injury. Kotonowaka lost to M10 Kaisei by tsukitaoshi, twisting his knee and striking it while falling from the dohyo. Father and stablemaster of the injured wrestler, Sadogatake-oyakata told reporters that Kotonowaka had felt his knee twist whileContinue reading “Kotonowaka Leaves Action with Knee Injury”