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Jun 27, 2018

Zero applicants apply to join pro sumo before upcoming Nagoya Basho

The Japan Sumo Association said Wednesday that no one applied to join professional sumo ahead of the upcoming Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, marking the second time this had happened under the current system. With no applicants, the JSA was forced to cancel its new recruit ...

Byzantine rules govern sumo's name shares

| Jun 13, 2018

Byzantine rules govern sumo's name shares

by John Gunning

Tochinoshin's promotion to ozeki comes with many perks. Most are connected to his life as an active wrestler, such as a boost in salary and parking privileges. One that kicks in after retirement, though, is an automatic three-year grace period before he has to acquire ...

Georgian wrestler Tochinoshin officially promoted to ozeki

May 30, 2018

Georgian wrestler Tochinoshin officially promoted to ozeki

Georgian wrestler Tochinoshin was officially promoted to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki by the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday. The 30-year-old, whose real name is Levan Gorgadze, became the third European wrestler to reach the rank, moving up from sekiwake. He is the first new ...

Stablemaster Takanohana seeks fresh start with Japan Sumo Association

Mar 23, 2018

Stablemaster Takanohana seeks fresh start with Japan Sumo Association

Stablemaster Takanohana said Friday he is willing to withdraw his complaint against the Japan Sumo Association and start from scratch. The former yokozuna had submitted a letter to the Cabinet Office's public certification committee that accused the JSA of improper behavior. The ongoing spat started ...

New third-party committee to investigate every Japan Sumo Association member

Feb 8, 2018

New third-party committee to investigate every Japan Sumo Association member

In response to successive scandals involving physical violence, the Japan Sumo Association announced Thursday that a third-party committee has convened and will question every member of the JSA. "Our goal is the preservation of sumo," committee chairman Keiichi Tadaki, a former prosecutor general, told a ...

Tochinoshin stands out amid chaos

/ Jan 28, 2018

Tochinoshin stands out amid chaos

Hoping the return of its top wrestlers would provide excitement and restore a sense of stability to a sport tarnished by months of bad publicity, the Japan Sumo Association instead wound up with something new and unexpected. Although those hopes of stability vanished, and the ...