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 ...