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Hakuho goes for 41st title

May 12, 2018

Hakuho goes for 41st title

Although yokozuna Hakuho has pronounced himself fit enough to fight, the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament swings into action on Sunday missing two of its elite wrestlers. Hakuho is set to compete despite missing March's tourney — won by fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu — due to ...

Injured Kisenosato to skip seventh consecutive tournament

May 11, 2018

Injured Kisenosato to skip seventh consecutive tournament

Kisenosato will pull out of the upcoming Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, extending his streak of missed events to a yokozuna-record-equaling seven meets, his stablemaster said Friday. The 31-year-old Kisenosato, the first Japan-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo's highest rank, has missed ...

Future without sumo unthinkable for Hakuho

| May 9, 2018

Future without sumo unthinkable for Hakuho

by John Gunning

The Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, which gets underway on Sunday, is shaping up to be a make-or-break one for several wrestlers. Takayasu and Kisenosato have seen their respective hopes for a yokozuna run and triumphant comeback dampened by injuries both old and new. Ozeki Takayasu, coming ...

Kakuryu tops rankings for Summer Basho

Apr 30, 2018

Kakuryu tops rankings for Summer Basho

Fresh off his victory at March's Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, yokozuna Kakuryu will head into May's summer tourney atop the latest rankings, the Japan Sumo Association announced Monday. After an injury-plagued 2017, the 32-year-old Mongolian has put together two solid tournaments this year despite dealing ...

Family legacy weighs heavily on young sumo prospects

| Apr 18, 2018

Family legacy weighs heavily on young sumo prospects

by John Gunning

Jigjidiin Monkhbat, the father of yokozuna Hakuho, passed away recently. A legendary figure in Mongolian wrestling, the six-time Naadam festival champion was also a silver medalist at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Monkhbat's son, if anything, has surpassed his legendary father. Hakuho has 40 ...

Time for sumo to ditch ban on women in ring

| Apr 11, 2018

Time for sumo to ditch ban on women in ring

by John Gunning

Less than a month after International Women's Day, sumo found itself embroiled in a gender-discrimination controversy when a female nurse administering CPR was ordered to leave the ring by an official. The sport's long-standing ban on women entering the ring has periodically come under fire, ...

Osunaarashi trying to navigate post-sumo life

| Apr 4, 2018

Osunaarashi trying to navigate post-sumo life

by John Gunning

Disgraced former top-division wrestler Osunaarashi appeared on a late-night variety show this week. Head freshly shaven, the big Egyptian hammed it up, participating in sumo bouts with veteran TV personality Bobby Ologun and erstwhile UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett. The appearance, coming barely three weeks ...

Relieved Kakuryu revels in spring triumph

Mar 26, 2018

Relieved Kakuryu revels in spring triumph

Yokozuna Kakuryu said Monday he is relieved he was able to claim a long-awaited fourth championship despite suffering from a right-hand injury he sustained two months ago. A day after the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament concluded at Edion Arena Osaka, the 32-year-old allowed the joy ...