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”

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?”

Endo Out, Kiribayama Back In

Due to pain and effusion from an ACL injury, struggling Komusubi Endo has decided to sit out the rest of Aki Basho. He leaves on day 12 with only 3 wins (including some impressive ones), his make-koshi already having been decided. According to Oitekaze-oyakata, “It’s been like this, but when his right knee started fillingContinue reading “Endo Out, Kiribayama Back In”

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”