Aug 26, 2016

Veteran maegashira Tokitenku announces retirement

Longtime maegashira Tokitenku, who has been battling malignant lymphoma, will retire and become a sumo elder, the Japan Sumo Association announced Friday. The 36-year-old Mongolian-born Tokitenku competed in 63 grand sumo tournaments, including three at the rank of komusubi. On Thursday, the JSA recognized ...

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Aug 7, 2016

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Some 1,000 turned out to honor late legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji on Sunday, when the funeral and memorial service were held at Tokyo’s Kokonoe stable. Cattleya, the orchid loved by the iconic former yokozuna, were laid inside his coffin, as his former stablemate and ...

Sumo wrestlers pay tribute to Chiyonofuji

Aug 1, 2016

Sumo wrestlers pay tribute to Chiyonofuji

Tributes poured in from around the country Monday as mourning continued the day after Japan lost legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji, who died in a Tokyo hospital due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. The funeral and memorial service for the former yokozuna ...

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 ...