Ozeki Kaio ruled the sport

Sumo | Rikishi Files Nov 16, 2019

Ozeki Kaio ruled the sport

by John Gunning

Raiden is often mentioned as the greatest rikishi never to reach yokozuna. Back when the Edo Period legend was dominating in the ring however, ozeki was the highest rank on the banzuke, with yokozuna still being an honorary title. There are many theories as to why ...

Baruto overcame obstacles to become ozeki

Sumo | Rikishi Files Nov 12, 2019

Baruto overcame obstacles to become ozeki

by John Gunning

In early 2004, two massive Estonians moved to Japan to join professional sumo. Ott Juurikas became a member of the Irumagawa stable but was complaining about feeling out of place almost immediately, and after just a single outing, he quit the sport and returned home. Juurikas ...