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Spring Basho gets started in Osaka

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 10, 2019

Spring Basho gets started in Osaka

Sekiwake Takakeisho started his campaign for promotion to the sport's second-highest rank by beating Myogiryu in his opening bout at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu suffered mixed fates to begin the 15-day competition at Edion Arena Osaka as ...

Sumo 101: Juryo

Sumo Mar 10, 2019

Sumo 101: Juryo

by John Gunning

The lion's share of media attention in sumo goes to the top (makuuchi) division. Its bouts are shown live on domestic television, its wrestlers are discussed endlessly online and in print and its winner is given a parade, ¥10 million and a giant silver trophy ...

Sumo lacks marquee rivalries of recent times

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Mar 7, 2019

Sumo lacks marquee rivalries of recent times

by John Gunning

The upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament seems to have everything going for it. The basho kicks off with a wealth of storylines. One is a tale of vengeance as Takakeisho seeks to correct the record on his controversial non-promotion to sumo's second-highest rank. Others involve veterans like ...

Hakuho, other challengers ready to chase spring glory

Sumo Mar 7, 2019

Hakuho, other challengers ready to chase spring glory

by John Gunning

The Osaka Basho, which gets underway on Sunday, is arguably the most wide-open tournament sumo has seen in years. With three of the last four meets crowning first-time champions, guessing who will be hoisting the Emperor's Cup on March 24 is like trying to predict ...

Terutsuyoshi adds flair to makuuchi division

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Feb 27, 2019

Terutsuyoshi adds flair to makuuchi division

by John Gunning

It's late February, which means all 650 or so wrestlers of the Japan Sumo Association have decamped to Kansai and are deep in preparation for the upcoming Spring Tournament. The Osaka Basho holds a special significance for many rikishi, as it's the meet where the ...

Sumo wrestlers no longer allowed grow beard for 'good luck'

Sumo Feb 26, 2019

Sumo wrestlers no longer allowed grow beard for 'good luck'

Sumo's governing body told wrestlers Tuesday they are no longer allowed to grow beards, which some competitors in Japan's ancient sport believe will bring them good luck. At a meeting in Osaka, Japan Sumo Association elder Oguruma told the wrestlers' association that beards — along ...

Wrestlers prepare for crucial battles in Osaka

Sumo Feb 25, 2019

Wrestlers prepare for crucial battles in Osaka

Yokozuna Hakuho emerged in pole position for his push for a 42nd career championship when the rankings for March's Spring Grand Sumo Tournament were published Monday. For the first time in exactly five years, wrestlers will enter the raised ring with just two yokozuna at ...

Wrestlers put aside differences to promote U.S. sumo

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Feb 13, 2019

Wrestlers put aside differences to promote U.S. sumo

by John Gunning

Kelly Gneiting is a religious fundamentalist. The 205-kg bearded giant is also an outspoken member of the ultraconservative Independent American Party, whose social media feeds are filled with inflammatory posts about homosexuality, abortion, politics and vaccinations. Matthew Davis is a cannabis-promoting, dreadlocked atheist who has the ...

Former yokozuna Kisenosato reflects on end of career

Sumo Feb 10, 2019

Former yokozuna Kisenosato reflects on end of career

Recently retired yokozuna Kisenosato showed little emotion on the raised ring, but he has since revealed that the final days of his injury-troubled career were anxious ones as he tried to prove he belonged at the sport's highest rank. But looking back on his 17-year ...

Sumo Feb 8, 2019

Wrestler retires for bullying apprentice

The Japan Sumo Association on Friday accepted the retirement of a sumo wrestler who repeatedly choked and bullied a lower-ranked apprentice wrestler at the stable run by Bulgarian-born former ozeki Kotooshu. The JSA's board of directors handed the stablemaster a 10-percent cut for three months ...