The struggles of a local sumo hero

| Jun 4, 2016

The struggles of a local sumo hero

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An oft-repeated question these days, and one not necessarily confined to sports media, is whether 29-year-old wrestler Kisenosato will make it to sumo’s highest rank. Or is he destined to remain a perennial bridesmaid? Clearly at the peak of his career, the ozeki (champion) ...

Ex-coach of yokozuna Hakuho given suspended prison term

Mar 25, 2016

Ex-coach of yokozuna Hakuho given suspended prison term

The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced a former sumo coach of grand sumo champion Hakuho to three years in prison, suspended for four years, for beating and injuring his private driver last year. Kazuyuki Yamamura, 46, a former head of the Miyagino stable, ...

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 ...

Sumo great Kitanoumi dies at 62

Nov 21, 2015

Sumo great Kitanoumi dies at 62

The Japan Sumo Association said Saturday it will hold a memorial service on Dec. 22 at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium for its late chairman, Kitanoumi, who passed away Friday night due to multiple organ failure. He was 62. A private funeral will be held. ...

Kisenosato remains in three-way tie for lead

Sep 16, 2015

Kisenosato remains in three-way tie for lead

Japanese hopeful Kisenosato beat Bulgarian grappler Aoiyama to post a fourth win and retain his share of the lead, while Kakuryu rebounded from Tuesday’s shock defeat at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. It was a close call, but after both Kisenosato and ...

Sep 3, 2015

Wakanosato announces retirement

Former sekiwake Wakanosato announced Thursday that he plans to retire. The 39-year-old, whose real name is Shinobu Kogawa, had previously spoken of his intention to hang up his mawashi if he dropped into the makushita division, something his 4-11 record in July’s Nagoya Grand ...

Sumo stable master arrested for allegedly assaulting assistant

Sep 3, 2015

Sumo stable master arrested for allegedly assaulting assistant

Tokyo police on Wednesday arrested sumo stable master Kumagatani, 45, on suspicion of assaulting a male assistant. The suspect, whose real name is Kazuyuki Yamamura, was head of the Miyagino stable, where the roster includes current yokozuna grand champion Hakuho. Yamamura is currently a ...