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Spectator cap to be raised to 5,000 for November Basho

Sumo Oct 20, 2020

Spectator cap to be raised to 5,000 for November Basho

The Japan Sumo Association said Monday it will host up to around 5,000 fans at the November Grand Sumo Tournament, about half of the full capacity at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The JSA decided to raise the 2,500-spectator limit that had been in effect at the ...

Sumo's 'flying monkey' ready to show he's no one-hit wonder

Sumo Oct 15, 2020

Sumo's 'flying monkey' ready to show he's no one-hit wonder

Although diminutive by sumo standards, the makuuchi division's Tobizaru, whose ring name means "flying monkey," nearly defied the odds last month to become the first wrestler in 106 years to win the Emperor's Cup in his top-division debut. The 28-year-old out of Oitekaze stable made ...

Shodai earns promotion to <i>ozeki</i> after winning first title

Sumo Sep 30, 2020

Shodai earns promotion to ozeki after winning first title

Shodai, who won his first makuuchi division title in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, was promoted to the second-highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Japanese fighting out of the Tokitsukaze stable becomes the first newly promoted ozeki since Asanoyama in March and the ...