| Jul 8, 2008

Pounds equal prizes

by Mark Buckton

There are several topics of note coming out of the upcoming Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya. One is the need for reflection on the tragedy of the young Tokitsukaze wrestler, Tokitaiza, who died ‘ter a severe beating before last year’s basho. The case against ...

| Jun 17, 2008

Sumo's future isn't in the U.S.

by Mark Buckton

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times carried a very brief article on the sport of sumo. Unfortunately, the LA Times’ editors didn’t associate the visit by the Japanese Sumo Association’s top-ranking fighters with sport, and relegated mention of the June 7-8 tournament to ...

| Mar 4, 2008

Poverty breeds sumo? Think again

by Mark Buckton

The sport of sumo has been going through some rough times recently. Big case in point: the recent arrests of former Tokitsukaze Oyakata, (Junichi Yamamoto) and three of his rikishi. The four are currently being held by police in relation to the mid-2007 hazing ...

| Nov 6, 2007

Game over for Kaio and Chiyotaikai?

by Mark Buckton

As the Kyushu Basho, running Nov. 11-25, rumbles around once again, so does the regular talk of ozeki retirement. In sumo there is nothing more depressing than seeing a one-time ozeki powerhouse hobbled by injuries and struggling to stretch their careers through a few ...