Sumo 101: Kitanofuji

Sumo Sep 12, 2019

Sumo 101: Kitanofuji

by John Gunning

Sumo tournaments are shown daily on NHK. While the play-by-play men rotate, one ever present is acerbic color commentator Kitanofuji. Often decked out in traditional Japanese attire, the sharp-tongued 77-year-old rarely sugarcoats his views. If anyone has earned the right to voice their opinion, however, it's ...

Sumo 101: Small rikishi

Sumo May 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Small rikishi

by John Gunning

Sumo has no weight classes. The David vs. Goliath clashes that arise as a result of that lack of regulation are a big part of the sport's appeal for many fans. When a diminutive rikishi like Enho takes down towering opponents that outweigh him by 70 ...

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 ...

Hiroshi Wajima, lone yokozuna with college degree, dies at 70

Sumo Oct 9, 2018

Hiroshi Wajima, lone yokozuna with college degree, dies at 70

Former yokozuna Wajima, who won elite makuuchi division tournaments 14 times in the 1970s and 1980s, and was known for his left-arm throwing technique, has died at age 70, his family said Tuesday. Wajima died in his Tokyo home on Monday. In recent years he ...

Sumo Dec 18, 2015

Hakkaku appointed JSA chairman

The Japan Sumo Association board of directors on Friday named stable master and former wrestler Hakkaku as its new chairman. The 52-year-old Hakkaku, formerly the yokozuna Hokutoumi, has been serving as the JSA's acting chairman since the death of chairman Kitanoumi in November. "I feel a ...

Sumo Nov 22, 2015

JSA to hold election for new chairman

The Japan Sumo Association will elect a new chairman on Dec. 18 to replace the late Kitanoumi, a JSA official said Sunday. Hakkaku, the JSA's senior executive manager, has been serving as acting chairman following Kitanoumi's death on Friday evening. The election to appoint Kitanoumi's ...

Sumo great Kitanoumi dies at 62

National Nov 21, 2015

Sumo great Kitanoumi dies at 62

The Japan Sumo Association said Saturday it will hold a memorial service on Dec. 22 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium for its late chairman, Kitanoumi, who passed away Friday night due to multiple organ failure. He was 62. A private funeral will be held. Following Kitanoumi's ...