Mar 2, 2017

Kotooshu to establish own stable

Former Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu will leave the Sadogatake stable and establish his own stable in April, a Japan Sumo Association source said Wednesday.The JSA executive board looks set to approve the move this month. Kotooshu (now sumo elder Naruto) would be the first European-born ...

Kisenosato in west slot for debut at yokozuna

Feb 27, 2017

Kisenosato in west slot for debut at yokozuna

Kisenosato will start life as sumo’s 72nd yokozuna on the west side as the Japan Sumo Association on Monday released the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.Kisenosato, after winning the New Year Basho with a 14-1 mark last month, became the first Japanese-born ...

Ex-komusubi Tokitenku dies at 37

Jan 31, 2017

Ex-komusubi Tokitenku dies at 37

Former Mongolian-born komusubi Tokitenku died Tuesday of malignant lymphoma, the Japan Sumo Association said. He was 37.Tokitenku, who only retired last August and became sumo elder Magaki, competed in 63 grand sumo tournaments, including three at the fourth highest rank of komusubi, and won ...

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 his ...

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 fellow ...

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 and ...

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 a ...