| Jun 19, 2010

Why can't sumo ever seem to get a break?

by Mark Buckton

Sumo is once again under attack in the domestic media — this time on the back of twin allegations. First of all, there’s the one involving seniors in the sport, known as oyakata, rubbing shoulders with the Japanese underworld and supplying choice tickets to ...

| May 25, 2010

Natsu Batsu signals changing times

by Mark Buckton

Few sports fans in Japan will be unaware that yokozuna Hakuho recently walked away from the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan having claimed his 14th career Emperor’s Cup with his 6th perfect 15-0 finish.  That he did so after having decided ...

Is ozeki Baruto the man to watch?

| May 5, 2010

Is ozeki Baruto the man to watch?

by Mark Buckton

As is often the case when a sekiwake is promoted to ozeki, talk centers on him going just that little bit further in his career and making it all the way to yokozuna. Given the current requirement for such a promotion — back-to-back yusho ...

| Mar 3, 2010

Are surprises in store at Haru Basho?

by Mark Buckton

With all eyes on the shenanigans surrounding Asashoryu in recent weeks, Hakuho’s elaborate wedding celebrations in various locations around the country, and a new nationality rule in sumo that essentially limits a stable to one foreign-born rikishi at a time (even if the rikishi ...