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New third-party committee to investigate every Japan Sumo Association member

In response to successive scandals involving physical violence, the Japan Sumo Association announced Thursday that a third-party committee has convened and will question every member of the JSA. "Our goal is the preservation of sumo," committee chairman Keiichi Tadaki, a former prosecutor general, told a news conference at Ryogoku Kokugikan. "It ...

Tochinoshin reflects on unlikely New Year Basho victory

Jan 29, 2018

Tochinoshin reflects on unlikely New Year Basho victory

Newly crowned champion Tochinoshin said Monday he hopes to enjoy the little time he has to reflect and savor the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament victory before he puts it all behind and resumes training next week. Speaking at the traditional morning-after press conference, the ...

Champion Tochinoshin finishes New Year Basho in style

/ Jan 28, 2018

Champion Tochinoshin finishes New Year Basho in style

A day after clinching his first championship, Tochinoshin finished the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday by dispatching fan-favorite Endo to finish with a 14-1 record. Tochinoshin, a third-ranked maegashira, survived a scare when he was pushed towards the edge, but he pulled himself ...

Tochinoshin stands out amid chaos

/ Jan 28, 2018

Tochinoshin stands out amid chaos

Hoping the return of its top wrestlers would provide excitement and restore a sense of stability to a sport tarnished by months of bad publicity, the Japan Sumo Association instead wound up with something new and unexpected. Although those hopes of stability vanished, and the ...

Tochinoshin moves victory away from snatching first title

/ Jan 26, 2018

Tochinoshin moves victory away from snatching first title

Tochinoshin is one win away from claiming his first championship after dispatching Ichinojo at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Yokozuna Kakuryu suffered his third straight loss on the 13th-day of the 15-day tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan and now trails Tochinoshin by two ...

Tochinoshin grabs sole lead as Kakuryu loses again

/ Jan 25, 2018

Tochinoshin grabs sole lead as Kakuryu loses again

Tochinoshin snatched a one-match lead Thursday after yokozunaKakuryu suffered his second loss in as many days at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The No. 3 maegashira, who entered Day 12 of the 15-day tournament tied with Kakuryu, earned his fifth straight win at Ryogoku ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu maintains top spot at New Year Basho

/ Jan 23, 2018

Yokozuna Kakuryu maintains top spot at New Year Basho

Yokozuna Kakuryu remained unbeaten and continued to dominate the raised ring with hi 10th straight victory on Tuesday at the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. After a rock-solid charge, Kakuryu grabbed No. 5 maegashira Okinoumi (3-7) by the belt and tried to lift him ...

Perfect yokozuna Kakuryu takes sole possession of lead

/ Jan 21, 2018

Perfect yokozuna Kakuryu takes sole possession of lead

A stylish win made yokozuna Kakuryu the sole leader on Sunday, the eighth day of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Tied with undefeated sekiwake Mitakeumi at the start of the day, Kakuryu went into the day's finale at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan only needing ...