Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

Feb 29, 2016

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

The Japan Sumo Association announced the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, and ozeki Kotoshogiku will aim to become the first homegrown yokozuna in 18 years when he returns to the prestigious east side. The 32-year-old Kotoshogiku will be up for ...

Jan 29, 2016

Hakkaku, Takanohana keep seats on JSA board

Japan Sumo Association chairman Hakkaku and former yokozuna Takanohana retained their posts as JSA directors on Friday. With 11 sumo elders running for 10 director positions on the board of directors, the odd man out was Takashima who reached the rank of sekiwake under ...

Jan 28, 2016

Eleven stable masters declare candidacies for JSA board

Eleven stable masters filed their candidacies on Thursday for the Japan Sumo Association’s board member election as they vie for 10 seats available at Friday’s vote. Having been unseated despite serving as the JSA’s No. 2 in the last biennial event, former board member ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ex-ozeki Takanonami, 43, dies of cardiac failure

Jun 20, 2015

Ex-ozeki Takanonami, 43, dies of cardiac failure

Former ozeki Takanonami died at the age of 43 of acute cardiac failure at a hotel in Osaka on Saturday, a Japan Sumo Association official said. The Aomori-born Takanonami, whose real name was Tadahiro Namioka, entered the top-tier makuuchi division in November 1991 and ...

Jeter meets Hakuho, other sumo wrestlers

Mar 19, 2015

Jeter meets Hakuho, other sumo wrestlers

Retired New York Yankees star Derek Jeter took the sumo world by storm on Thursday, when he took in the action at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament iand met some of the wrestlers afterward. In addition to posing with Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho, who has ...

Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese

Jan 16, 2014

Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese

Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu has obtained Japanese nationality, it was learned on Thursday. The 30-year-old Kotooshu, whose real name is Kaloyan Mahlyanov, is the first European wrestler to become a naturalized Japanese. As a result, he has cleared the first hurdle toward becoming a sumo ...