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Harumafuji starts basho with win

Jan 10, 2016

Harumafuji starts basho with win

Harumafuji, the winner of November’s Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, opened the first day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a textbook victory on Sunday. The Mongolian, who has been inconsistent since his promotion to sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna, quickly got one ...

Hakuho's sumo record title earns Guinness recognition

Dec 25, 2015

Hakuho's sumo record title earns Guinness recognition

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho’s record sumo career has been recognized by Guinness World Records, the champion revealed Thursday on his blog. Hakuho claimed his 33rd career title in January to surpass the 32 wins amassed by Taiho, who claimed his last title in 1971 and ...

Dec 18, 2015

Hakkaku appointed JSA chairman

The Japan Sumo Association board of directors on Friday named stable master and former wrestler Hakkaku as its new chairman. The 52-year-old Hakkaku, formerly the yokozuna Hokutoumi, has been serving as the JSA’s acting chairman since the death of chairman Kitanoumi in November. “I ...

Dec 17, 2015

Hakkaku the likely choice for JSA's next chairman: source

The Japan Sumo Association is expected to name its senior executive manager, Hakkaku, as the organization’s next chairman, a JSA source said Thursday, a day before the board of directors makes its choice. The 52-year-old Hakkaku, former yokozuna Hokutoumi, has been serving as acting ...

Harumafuji ends two-year title drought

Nov 22, 2015

Harumafuji ends two-year title drought

Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji captured his seventh career title in his comeback from injury, despite a final-day defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Harumafuji (13-2) looked like he had squandered his chance of winning the championship in regulation when he got blasted ...

Nov 22, 2015

JSA to hold election for new chairman

The Japan Sumo Association will elect a new chairman on Dec. 18 to replace the late Kitanoumi, a JSA official said Sunday. Hakkaku, the JSA’s senior executive manager, has been serving as acting chairman following Kitanoumi’s death on Friday evening. The election to appoint ...

Harumafuji takes lead as Hakuho loses again

Nov 21, 2015

Harumafuji takes lead as Hakuho loses again

Yokozuna Hakuho was surprisingly beaten for the second successive day as Harumafuji grabbed sole possession of the lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. On the penultimate day of the year’s final meet, Hakuho (12-2), who suffered his first defeat here at ...

Hakuho suffers first tournament defeat

Nov 20, 2015

Hakuho suffers first tournament defeat

Harumafuji leveled the playing field on Friday, upstaging fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho with a make-or-break leap on his initial charge to leave them both with 12 wins with two days remaining in the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho attacked to the left on ...

Hakuho maintains lead

Nov 19, 2015

Hakuho maintains lead

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho took another stride toward a record-extending 36th career title on Thursday with a convincing win over ozeki Kotoshogiku at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho improved to 12-0 after forcing out Fukuoka-born Kotoshogiku (7-5), scoring his 46th win in 50 meetings ...