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Naturalized Sokokurai fought for JSA return

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 2, 2019

Naturalized Sokokurai fought for JSA return

by John Gunning

One of the more interesting bits of news over the past month was the announcement that Arashio stable veteran Sokokurai had acquired Japanese nationality. By far the most successful of the 12 rikishi in sumo history to have hailed from mainland China, Sokokurai's switch leaves ...

Sumo Sep 27, 2019

Takanofuji calls punishment for out-of-ring violence 'too heavy'

Second-tier juryo division wrestler Takanofuji, who is facing disciplinary action for hitting a lower-ranked wrestler in the forehead, said Friday after issuing an apology that he is not ready to end his career. "This penalty is too heavy and I can't accept it," said Takanofuji, ...

Injuries continue to impact sumo landscape

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Sep 25, 2019

Injuries continue to impact sumo landscape

by John Gunning

Sumo fans continue to be spoiled, with September serving up yet another incredible and dramatic tournament. What seemed early on like a Kakuryu procession to a second straight title turned into a battle royale, with any of three or four contenders looking like the most ...

Takakeisho's ozeki return spoiled by chest injury

Sumo Sep 23, 2019

Takakeisho's ozeki return spoiled by chest injury

Sekiwake Takakeisho's star-crossed journey to sumo's second-highest rank continued on Monday, when he was diagnosed with a chest muscle strain, his stablemaster said. According to stablemaster Chiganoura, Takakeisho suffered a strained left pectoral muscle on Sunday and will require six weeks of treatment. The news ...

Mitakeumi celebrates latest title, vows to aim for ozeki

Sumo Sep 23, 2019

Mitakeumi celebrates latest title, vows to aim for ozeki

Sekiwake Mitakeumi expressed his joy on Monday after winning his second top-division championship the previous night in a dramatic conclusion to the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. "This is the greatest. I was so happy to wake up today," Mitakeumi said during ...

Sumo Sep 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Restaurants run by former rikishi

by John Gunning

Sumo stable life is communal. Rikishi take care of all of their own cooking and cleaning, and because they consume so much food the former is of paramount importance. Michelin stars are unlikely to be handed out in sumo anytime soon, but while the dishes cooked ...

Mitakeumi beats Takakeisho in playoff to earn second title

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 22, 2019

Mitakeumi beats Takakeisho in playoff to earn second title

Mitakeumi defeated fellow sekiwake Takakeisho in a dramatic playoff on Sunday to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament and claim his second top-division championship while denying Takakeisho the same. The 26-year-old from Dewanoumi stable hoisted the Emperor's Cup for the second time in his five-year ...

Trio tied for lead entering final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 21, 2019

Trio tied for lead entering final day

Three wrestlers head into the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament tied for the lead, with sekiwake duo Takakeisho and Mitakeumi winning on Saturday to set up a showdown with surprise rank-and-filer Okinoumi. The two wrestlers at sumo's third-highest rank will battle for ...

Sumo 101: Championship scores

Sumo Sep 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Championship scores

by John Gunning

One of the side effects of having Hakuho, the greatest rikishi of all time, succeed another legend in Asashoryu at the top of the sumo pile, is that fans in recent years have become accustomed to seeing dominant championship performances. There have been 24 perfect ...