Chiyomaru Exits Tournament with High Fever

West Maegashira 15 Chiyomaru withdrew on day 8 of the March tournament due to a high fever, forfeiting the win to East M17 Meisei who is now at 3-5. He is the 4th sekitori to withdraw from this basho, the others being Tomokaze (day 1), Tsurugisho, and Takayasu (both on day 5). He is theContinue reading “Chiyomaru Exits Tournament with High Fever”

Takayasu Severely Injured on Day 4

West Yokozuna Kakuryu faced West Maegashira 1 Takayasu in the final bout of day 4 of the Spring tournament. During the match, Kakuryu was not able to attack with his desired inside belt grip, but after a patient grip fight the Yokozuna gave up the belt and deflected Takayasu to the side for a tsukiotoshiContinue reading “Takayasu Severely Injured on Day 4”

Spring Tournament to be Held Without Spectators

There will be no spectators at Haru Basho 2020, but NHK will be broadcasting the event as usual. With the continued spread of the new Corona virus in Japan, many large scale sporting events have been cancelled or rescheduled at the request of the Japan Sports Agency and Prime Minister Abe. Even the 2020 OlympicsContinue reading “Spring Tournament to be Held Without Spectators”

Pre-Basho Events Cancelled/Closed to the Public

The Japan Sumo Association has announced new countermeasures against the Corona virus. The decisions are as follows: The ring entering and dedication ceremony at Sumiyoshi Shrine on February 29th is cancelled. The Spring Basho Eve festival on March 3rd is cancelled. There will be no general admission, only staff and sanyaku rikishi allowed at theContinue reading “Pre-Basho Events Cancelled/Closed to the Public”

Haru Basho Banzuke Highlights

The new rankings have finally been announced for Haru Basho 2020! Tokushoryu achieves his highest rank ever After his historical feat of winning a top division tournament from the very lowest rank (M17 West) — only the second time a rikishi has done so — Tokushoryu has jumped an entire 31 ranks to West MaegashiraContinue reading “Haru Basho Banzuke Highlights”

Sumo Wrestlers and Babies, Event Cancelled due to Corona Virus Risk

The Japan Sumo Association announced that they have decided to cancel a photography session where parents have a chance to photograph their babies in the arms of some of their favorite rikishi. The event, frightening for some, adorable for most, was scheduled for February 25th. With the recent fast-moving Corona virus, the event coordinators feltContinue reading “Sumo Wrestlers and Babies, Event Cancelled due to Corona Virus Risk”

West Yokozuna, Ozeki to be Held by One Wrestler Simultaneously

On the 29th, the Japan Sumo Association confirmed that there will be a joint Yokozuna-Ozeki listing on the rankings chart for the upcoming Haru Basho in March. With Goeido’s recent decision to retire, Takakeisho is the only current Ozeki. As Takakeisho will naturally fill the East Ozeki slot (East being a higher position than West),Continue reading “West Yokozuna, Ozeki to be Held by One Wrestler Simultaneously”

Ringside Judge Injured in Collision with Falling Wrestlers

Asakayama-oyakata (former Ozeki Kaio) was injured while serving as ringside judge during the Makushita division bouts on day 12 of the New Year tournament. The Okinofuji vs. Amakaze match ended with both rikishi — 160.5 kilos and 186 kilos respectively — falling off the dohyo and colliding with Asakayama. Complaining of excruciating hip pain, “ItContinue reading “Ringside Judge Injured in Collision with Falling Wrestlers”