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Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals

Sumo Jan 16, 2019

Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals

by John Gunning

Kisenosato's retirement, while both inevitable and expected, casts a pall over the ongoing tournament. The veteran yokozuna has been one of sumo's most popular wrestlers over the past decade and a half. Initially a bright young talent whose rapid rise was catnip to a Japanese public ...

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 16, 2019

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji to remain perfect at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Wednesday. With headlines on the fourth day of the 15-day tournament dominated by the retirement of Japanese yokozuna Kisenosato, the other remaining ...

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 ...

Kisenosato's stablemaster says embattled yokozuna will keep fighting

Sumo Jan 14, 2019

Kisenosato's stablemaster says embattled yokozuna will keep fighting

Despite equaling the record for the worst losing streak by a yokozuna, Kisenosato will compete on Day 3 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, according to his stablemaster. Asked by reporters if the 32-year-old yokozuna would fight on Tuesday, stablemaster Tagonoura answered, "Yes, of ...

Kisenosato's woes continue on Day 2

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 14, 2019

Kisenosato's woes continue on Day 2

Kisenosato inched closer to the professional precipice with his second straight loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. The 32-year-old yokozuna, who has been tasked with wrestling well after two injury-plagued years, attacked huge Mongolian Ichinojo (2-0) from the get-go, but never ...

Kisenosato goes down on first day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 13, 2019

Kisenosato goes down on first day

Yokozuna Kisenosato did nothing to dispel fears Sunday that his career may be over, as he looked powerless in his opening-day loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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 ...

Kisenosato plans to compete in New Year Basho

Sumo Dec 25, 2018

Kisenosato plans to compete in New Year Basho

Yokozuna Kisenosato, whose career has been threatened by a string of injuries, said Tuesday he intends to return to the raised ring at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament next month. Speaking to reporters at his Tagonoura stable, the 32-year-old yokozuna said he has not ...

Injury-plagued Kisenosato resumes training

Sumo Dec 3, 2018

Injury-plagued Kisenosato resumes training

Injury-plagued yokozuna Kisenosato, who has failed to start or complete nine of the past 10 tournaments, resumed training Monday for the first time since pulling out from last month's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The first Japan-born wrestler in 19 years to be promoted to the ...