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Sumo 101: A wrestler's typical tournament day

Sumo Jan 18, 2019

Sumo 101: A wrestler's typical tournament day

by John Gunning

The six annual honbasho (tournaments) are the fulcrum around which the sumo world turns. Ninety days a year sumo wrestlers participate in events whose outcome determines not only how high or low they will be ranked but also what clothes they can wear, whether or ...

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho with ankle injury

Sumo Jan 18, 2019

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho with ankle injury

Grand champion Kakuryu has pulled out of the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament because of pain in his right ankle, his stablemaster Izutsu said Friday, the sixth day of the basho. The withdrawal of the 33-year-old leaves just one yokozuna in the 15-day tournament ...

Hakuho beats Nishikigi in rematch, tied for lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 17, 2019

Hakuho beats Nishikigi in rematch, tied for lead

Hakuho continued his run of narrow escapes in the first week of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, surviving two more close calls Thursday to retain his share of the lead on Day 5. The yokozuna's win over previously unbeaten No. 2 maegashira Nishikigi kept ...

Sumo 101: Retirement ceremonies

Sumo Jan 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Retirement ceremonies

by John Gunning

Now that Kisenosato has retired, one of the first orders of business for him will be arranging a retirement ceremony. Virtually all wrestlers end their career with a dampatsu-shiki (hair-cutting ceremony) but for lower-ranked wrestlers it's normally just part of their stable's regular end-of-tournament party. For ...

Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout

Sumo Jan 16, 2019

Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout

by John Gunning

The majority of sumo stables are concentrated in a couple of locations not far from Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. Of the 48 currently active stables, roughly half are within two kilometers of the sport's main arena Shikihide Beya and Tatsunami Beya, both situated in Ibaraki Prefecture, are ...

Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals

Sumo Jan 16, 2019

Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals

by John Gunning

Kisenosato's retirement, while both inevitable and expected, casts a pall over the ongoing tournament. The veteran yokozuna has been one of sumo's most popular wrestlers over the past decade and a half. Initially a bright young talent whose rapid rise was catnip to a Japanese public ...

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 16, 2019

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji to remain perfect at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Wednesday. With headlines on the fourth day of the 15-day tournament dominated by the retirement of Japanese yokozuna Kisenosato, the other remaining ...

Sumo 101: Banzuke

Sumo Jan 15, 2019

Sumo 101: Banzuke

by John Gunning

All professional sumo wrestlers are listed on a 58x44 cm sheet of paper that is released about two weeks before the start of each tournament. For the ongoing basho that amounts to 636 men ranked in order from yokozuna Kisenosato at the top all the ...

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