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 ...

Sumo 101: 'Dragons'

Sumo Sep 18, 2019

Sumo 101: 'Dragons'

by John Gunning

There are many ways of classifying rikishi and discussing those groups' various merits. Who are the best yokozuna or ozeki of all time for example? Which stable has been most dominant in history? Name your top ten Mongolians. The possibilities are numerous. In the early 2000s, one ...

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Sumo Aug 7, 2016

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Some 1,000 turned out to honor late legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji on Sunday, when the funeral and memorial service were held at Tokyo's Kokonoe stable. Cattleya, the orchid loved by the iconic former yokozuna, were laid inside his coffin, as his former stablemate and fellow ...