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Hakuho starts with win

Mar 8, 2015

Hakuho starts with win

Yokozuna Hakuho launched his campaign for his sixth consecutive title with a disposal of Myogiryu on the opening day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Rival yokozuna Harumafuji demolished Tamawashi in the penultimate bout to get his bid for his first championship ...

Mar 7, 2015

Hakuho aims for sixth straight title

Hakuho will aim to continue his ascendance with a sixth consecutive championship when the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicks off Sunday. But the foremost yokozuna, who owns the all-time record of 33 career Emperor’s Cups, faces a crucible of his own making as he ...

Hakuho speaks about controversial remarks

Feb 23, 2015

Hakuho speaks about controversial remarks

Yokozuna Hakuho broke his silence Monday to explain himself for the first time since criticizing ringside judges for calling a do-over in his bout against ozeki Kisenosato at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in January. Speaking at a press conference at the Miyagino ...

Feb 20, 2015

Ozeki Kotoshogiku announces engagement

Ozeki Kotoshogiku announced his wedding engagement on Friday at a news conference held at his Sadogatake stable in Chiba Prefecture. The 31-year-old Kotoshogiku needed eight wins in January to avoid demotion to the sekiwake ranks and finished the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with ...

Hakuho given 'People's Honor Award' in Mongolia

Feb 17, 2015

Hakuho given 'People's Honor Award' in Mongolia

Yokozuna Hakuho, who set the record for most career championships by winning his 33rd Emperor’s Cup at the New Year Sumo Tournament in January, received the equivalent of Japan’s People’s Honor Award in Mongolia on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Hakuho, whose birth name is Munkhbat ...

Hakuho to receive top honor in Mongolia

Feb 11, 2015

Hakuho to receive top honor in Mongolia

Yokozuna Hakuho, who became the all-time record holder of the most championships after winning his 33rd career Emperor’s Cup at the New Year Sumo Tournament, revealed on Wednesday he will be feted with the equivalent of Japan’s People’s Honor Award in his homeland of ...

Feb 7, 2015

Ex-ozeki Kotomitsuki has hair-cutting ceremony

Former ozeki Kotomitsuki, who was expelled from the world of sumo for betting on baseball games in 2010, had his hair-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Kotomitsuki, whose real name is Keiji Tamiya, was banished in July 2010 and sued the Japan Sumo Association in a ...

Fellow wrestlers react to Hakuho criticisms

Feb 2, 2015

Fellow wrestlers react to Hakuho criticisms

A week after Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho criticized a decision from ringside judges, wrestlers from the elite makuuchi division weighed in on the comments that appeared to throw cold water on his monumental achievement at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who became the ...

Hakuho leads sumo's Mongolian invasion

Jan 29, 2015

Hakuho leads sumo's Mongolian invasion

Hakuho returned to his corner for a third time to grab another fistful of salt, his face a picture of concentration, his eyes narrowed and focused as the crowd in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena bristled with anticipation. He turned, tossed the granules high ...

Record-setter Hakuho seeks next challenge

Jan 26, 2015

Record-setter Hakuho seeks next challenge

A day after wrapping up his historic 33rd championship with a perfect record, yokozuna Hakuho said he wants to venture into a new world, while being reminded that in this one, even champions must mind their manners. In a press conference on Monday, the ...