JSA officially approves Asanoyama's promotion to ozeki

Sumo Mar 25, 2020

JSA officially approves Asanoyama's promotion to ozeki

Sekiwake Asanoyama was officially promoted to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki by the Japan Sumo Association board of directors on Wednesday. The news provided a bright spot amid the coronavirus bleakness with Asanoyama saying in his kojo stage speech he is ready for the added ...

Hakuho victorious on Day 1 in front of empty arena

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 8, 2020

Hakuho victorious on Day 1 in front of empty arena

Hakuho made a winning start to the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, overpowering Endo at an empty Edion Arena Osaka. The 15-day tournament is taking place behind closed doors after the Japan Sumo Association earlier this month made the unprecedented decision to keep out ...

Health risks in spotlight as Spring Basho nears start

Sumo Mar 5, 2020

Health risks in spotlight as Spring Basho nears start

by John Gunning

The Japan Sumo Association is proceeding with the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, but has decided, in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, that it will be held behind closed doors. Calling off the event completely would undoubtedly have been a safer course of action, ...

Sumo Feb 27, 2020

Japan Sports Agency asks JSA to adjust spring tourney

The Japan Sports Agency has asked the Japan Sumo Association to make changes to its March grand tournament amid the current coronavirus outbreak, a source with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday. The JSA's board of directors will meet Sunday in an extraordinary session to ...

Calling off Spring Basho would be right move for JSA

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Feb 26, 2020

Calling off Spring Basho would be right move for JSA

by John Gunning

The Japan Sumo Association is essentially a reactive, rather than proactive, organization. Through the ups, downs and various scandals of the last few years, the JSA's standard modus operandi has been to avoid making moves until public pressure essentially forced its hand. Even then, measures taken ...

Goeido secure in decision to retire

Sumo Jan 29, 2020

Goeido secure in decision to retire

Retiring sumo wrestler Goeido said Wednesday there were no questions about his choice to hang up his mawashi, because he had failed in a do-or-die promise to himself. He said he made the decision the day he suffered his eighth loss at the New Year ...

Ozeki Goeido retires and will start career as sumo elder

Sumo Jan 28, 2020

Ozeki Goeido retires and will start career as sumo elder

Ozeki Goeido has retired as a sumo wrestler and will move on to a new role as an elder at the Sakaigawa stable under the toshiyori name Takekuma, the Japan Sumo Association said Tuesday. The 33-year-old Osaka native, who had been facing demotion following two ...

JSA needs to look outward for good of sumo

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Dec 25, 2019

JSA needs to look outward for good of sumo

by John Gunning

Whatever hopes fans had for a peaceful end to the year were dashed when Japan Sumo Association officials instructed Takagenji to take part in his regularly scheduled bout on Dec. 11 despite the wrestler being diagnosed with influenza earlier in the day. Ten years after ...