Roho's career defined by unsavory incidents

Sumo Mar 12, 2020

Roho's career defined by unsavory incidents

by John Gunning

Since September 2018, there are officially no Russians in professional sumo. Futagoyama stable's Roga was born and raised in Russia's Tuva Republic, and considers himself Russian, but is listed by the Japan Sumo Association as coming from Mongolia (to where he moved at age ...

Tochiazuma's bloody rivalry with Asashoryu a spectacle

Sumo | Rikishi Files Jan 15, 2020

Tochiazuma's bloody rivalry with Asashoryu a spectacle

by John Gunning

In terms of sumo's vintage years, 1976 was one of the best. The bumper crop included three-time champion Chiyotaikai, fellow ozeki Kotomitsuki (also a title winner), long time sanyaku (the three ranks below yokozuna) occupant Wakanosato and several other top-division stalwarts. A third ozeki, Tochiazuma, was ...

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 ...

Sumo May 25, 2019

Sumo 101: Controversial decisions

by John Gunning

Friday's controversial overturning of an apparent Tochinoshin win has people up in arms. Irate fans flooded social media with photos, videos and gifs that they felt proved the burly Georgian was hard done by. There is even a change.org petition to have the ruling reversed. That ...