Ex-JSA director Isegahama eyes re-election as board member

National Jan 1, 2018

Ex-JSA director Isegahama eyes re-election as board member

Sumo elder Isegahama, who gave up his seat on the Japan Sumo Association's board of directors after an assault scandal involving a wrestler from his stable, is leaning toward running in February's board election, a JSA source said Sunday. Isegahama voluntarily accepted a two-rank demotion ...

Harumafuji retires with impressive legacy in ring

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Nov 30, 2017

Harumafuji retires with impressive legacy in ring

by John Gunning

It was plain from both Harumafuji's words and body language at Wednesday's news conference announcing his retirement that he was going under duress and felt harshly treated. Still, the yokozuna understood that given his position, no other outcome was possible once it became clear he ...

Harumafuji had with no choice but to retire

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Nov 29, 2017

Harumafuji had with no choice but to retire

by John Gunning

Yokozuna Harumafuji announced his intention to retire at a press conference on Wednesday. The decision is the result of a scandal involving the violent beating of a junior wrestler, and now means the careers of the last two yokozuna to retire end under a cloud. The ...

Harumafuji may need to undergo elbow surgery

Sumo Jul 27, 2017

Harumafuji may need to undergo elbow surgery

Yokozuna Harumafuji may require left elbow surgery, a move which would not only rule him out of the summer regional tour beginning this weekend, but also the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in September, his stablemaster said Thursday. "He has inflammation in his left elbow and ...