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Kakuryu opens promotion bid with hard-fought win

Mar 9, 2014

Kakuryu opens promotion bid with hard-fought win

Ozeki Kakuryu got on the war path in his first yokozuna promotion bid, dispatching rising star Endo on the opening day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. It was far from pretty as the ozeki nearly found himself on the losing end, ...

Kakuryu targets promotion in Osaka

Mar 8, 2014

Kakuryu targets promotion in Osaka

When the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament begins on Sunday, a number of compelling storylines are likely to spice things up over the two-week haul at Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. Ozeki Kakuryu makes his maiden run at sumo’s ultimate rank of yokozuna, Harumafuji returns after ...

| Feb 28, 2014

Another nail in the coffin of amateur sumo

by Mark Buckton

Sumo currently exists in two forms around the world. Most famous, of course, is the Tokyo-based professional sport led by yokozuna Hakuho, et al. However, the amateur version, often termed “amasumo” in abbreviated form, is of interest to many in nations that lack direct ...

Feb 24, 2014

Kakuryu relaxed ahead of yokozuna promotion bid

Ozeki Kakuryu said Monday he hopes to stick to his normal preparations ahead of next month’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, where a victory should see him promoted to sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna. “It doesn’t really do any good to think about it now,” ...

Feb 1, 2014

Retired ozeki Miyabiyama honored at hair-cutting ceremony

Former ozeki Miyabiyama, who needed just 12 tournaments from his sumo debut before he was promoted to sumo’s second-highest rank, had his topknot removed in the traditional hair-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Miyabiyama, who took the coach’s name Futagoyama after his retirement following last year’s ...

Kakuryu to get shot at yokozuna promotion

Jan 27, 2014

Kakuryu to get shot at yokozuna promotion

Mongolian ozeki Kakuryu will be a candidate for promotion to sumo’s highest rank in March, the head of the Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council indicated Monday. The council held its regular meeting following the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, ...

Jan 27, 2014

Victorious Hakuho eyes more titles

A day after winning his 28th career Emperor’s Cup, yokozuna Hakuho said he has no desire to stop now. “I’m tired, but I’ve managed to win as many championships as I’ve had birthdays,” the 28-year-old Mongolian told a news conference at his Miyagino stable. ...

Kakuryu faces test against Hakuho

Jan 25, 2014

Kakuryu faces test against Hakuho

Kakuryu set up a final-day showdown against yokozuna Hakuho for the biggest prize of his career after a walloping of fallen ozeki Kisenosato on the 14th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. But Kakuryu, who controlled the bout from start ...

Yokozuna Hakuho maintains one-win advantage

Jan 24, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho maintains one-win advantage

Yokozuna Hakuho condemned ozeki Kisenosato to a sixth defeat with a vicious eruption on Friday, putting an exclamation on his would-be rival’s utter implosion on the 13th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Bulgarian Kotooshu, meanwhile, was also dumped to a sixth ...