Pint-size Enho could shake up banzuke in Reiwa Era

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO May 1, 2019

Pint-size Enho could shake up banzuke in Reiwa Era

The first banzuke (ranking) of the Reiwa Era was released on Tuesday with newly minted ozeki Takakeisho the standout promotion. It's been a fantastic 12 months in the ring for the stocky wrestler from Chiganoura Stable. Double-digit wins in five of the last six tournaments, ...

Peerless Anna Zhigalova dominates women's sumo

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Apr 17, 2019

Peerless Anna Zhigalova dominates women's sumo

Hakuho's undefeated run in Osaka last month gave the yokozuna a 15th perfect championship and 42nd title overall. The veteran continues to cement his status as the greatest of all time, and has solidified his place on sumo's Mount Rushmore alongside Raiden, Futabayama and Taiho. If ...

New ozeki Takakeisho can draw strength from stable

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Apr 3, 2019

New ozeki Takakeisho can draw strength from stable

Takakeisho is sumo's newest ozeki. The Hyogo native has lifted the Emperor's Cup, received seven special prizes, defeated yokozuna three times and reached his chosen sport's second highest rank — all by the age of 22. In other words, his career has peaked and there is ...

Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Mar 27, 2019

Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

Sumo columnist James Hardy once bemoaned the difficulty of doing daily tournament reports, saying, "There are only so many ways to write A pushed out B." With yokozuna Hakuho wrapping up his 42nd championship last Sunday, I'm beginning to feel the same way about describing ...

Sumo 101: Instant replay

Sumo Mar 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Instant replay

One of sumo's most distinctive sights is its ringside judges. Clad in black, the five men are all sumo elders as well as former wrestlers. They are the ultimate authority when it comes to wins and losses. If one disagrees with the referee's decision he will raise ...

Sumo 101: Retired stablemasters

Sumo Mar 23, 2019

Sumo 101: Retired stablemasters

As with most top-level athletic endeavors, 30 seems to be the age when many rikishi either hang up their mawashi or see a noticeable decline in skills and performance. Once the topknot is cut, the vast majority return to civilian life. Culinary skills acquired while in ...

Sumo 101: Consistent losers

Sumo Mar 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Consistent losers

Ted Williams famously said, "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer." While a 70 percent fail rate might work in America's national pastime, it won't get you very far ...

Sumo 101: Could-have-beens

Sumo Mar 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Could-have-beens

Sumo has no shortage of legends. From titanic yokozuna that dominated in the ring, to plucky underdogs that achieved far more than a lack of size would have seemed to allow, the sport has never lacked stars and celebrities. Indeed, yokozuna Hakuho, the man leading the ...