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Kisenosato still without a win

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 15, 2019

Kisenosato still without a win

A 7-second bout may have decided the fate of yokozuna Kisenosato, who suffered his third straight loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. In the penultimate bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kisenosato was quickly dispatched by Tochiozan (1-2) despite going into the match ...

In-arena experience provides thrills for fans

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Jan 10, 2019

In-arena experience provides thrills for fans

by John Gunning

Why do people attend sumo tournaments? To watch the bouts and see their favorite rikishi in action? Sure. Those aren't the only reasons though, and for many people they're not even the main ones. A sumo basho, especially one at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, is unlike any other ...

Sumo Nov 8, 2018

Hakuho pulls out of Fukuoka meet

Yokozuna Hakuho, who underwent surgery on his right ankle and right knee last month, will withdraw from the upcoming Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, his stablemaster Miyagino said Thursday. Fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu also announced his withdrawal, leaving Kisenosato the only top-ranked wrestler in the year's ...

Higher-ranked wrestlers in driver's seat in Kyushu

Sumo Nov 7, 2018

Higher-ranked wrestlers in driver's seat in Kyushu

by John Gunning

November is upon us and that means the final sumo tournament of the year is just days away. So far 2018 has seen Tochinoshin claim the first championship by a maegashira-ranked wrestler in six years, a dramatic return to form by yokozuna Kakuryu, a surprise ...

Hakuho in doubt for Kyushu basho after first post-surgery practice

Sumo Oct 31, 2018

Hakuho in doubt for Kyushu basho after first post-surgery practice

Yokozuna Hakuho appears a long shot to take part in next month's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after practicing Wednesday for the first time following knee surgery on Oct. 18. The Mongolian wrestler had endoscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his right knee and ...

Sumo dominance down to heart over matter

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 31, 2018

Sumo dominance down to heart over matter

by John Gunning

The newly-released banzuke (rankings) for the upcoming Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament see Hakuho back in his old familiar 'Yokozuna 1 East' position. It is the 48th time that the Mongolian veteran has occupied the top slot — a sumo record. Indeed at this stage in his ...

Hakuho in prime position to claim 42nd title in Fukuoka

Sumo Oct 29, 2018

Hakuho in prime position to claim 42nd title in Fukuoka

Mongolian Hakuho will go into next month's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at the summit of the sport's mountain in the top east yokozuna slot, according to the latest ranking released by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday. The 33-year-old is coming off a perfect 15-0 ...

Hakuho undergoes surgery on right knee

Sumo Oct 18, 2018

Hakuho undergoes surgery on right knee

Yokozuna Hakuho underwent successful endoscopic surgery on his right knee at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday, sources close to his Miyagino stable said. Hakuho, who won last month's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a 15-0 record, was forced to withdraw from an ongoing regional ...

Kyushu Basho an underrated gem for fans

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 17, 2018

Kyushu Basho an underrated gem for fans

by John Gunning

Sumo's Autumn Regional Tour has reached Kansai and will continue winding its way westward until it arrives in Yamaguchi prefecture at the end of the month. From there it's just a short hop across the Kanmon Straits to Fukuoka, where the November Grand Sumo Tournament ...