With no yokozuna, ozeki trio are in November spotlight

Sumo Nov 8, 2020

With no yokozuna, ozeki trio are in November spotlight

With injury forcing two yokozuna out of the upcoming November Grand Sumo Tournament, the three ozeki wrestlers will take the spotlight in the final 15-day tournament of the calendar year disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. One of the six grand tournaments, the summer tournament normally ...

Shodai earns promotion to <i>ozeki</i> after winning first title

Sumo Sep 30, 2020

Shodai earns promotion to ozeki after winning first title

Shodai, who won his first makuuchi division title in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, was promoted to the second-highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Japanese fighting out of the Tokitsukaze stable becomes the first newly promoted ozeki since Asanoyama in March and the ...

Asanoyama achieves goal of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Sumo Mar 23, 2020

Asanoyama achieves goal of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Following news of his impending promotion to ozeki, Asanoyama said Monday he had accomplished one of his career goals. A Japan Sumo Association advisory board recommended the 26-year-old sekiwake for promotion following his 11-4 finish at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, making his ...

Sumo left with only one ozeki for first time in over 38 years

Sumo Feb 24, 2020

Sumo left with only one ozeki for first time in over 38 years

For the first time in over 38 years, the Japan Sumo Association's rankings, published Monday, have only one wrestler at the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki. But if sekiwake Asanoyama has his way, that situation will soon be remedied. After going 11-4 in November and ...

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 ...

Takakeisho promoted to ozeki

Sumo Mar 27, 2019

Takakeisho promoted to ozeki

Takakeisho was officially promoted to sumo's second highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association. The 22-year-old Japanese is the first wrestler to reach the rank since Georgian Tochinoshin, who faces demotion after posting two straight losing records, was bumped up from ...

Sumo 101: Sanyaku

Sumo Jan 14, 2019

Sumo 101: Sanyaku

by John Gunning

Sanyaku is the collective noun for the three ranks below yokozuna. In reality though, ozeki is rarely included when the term is used, with the vast majority of incidences referring only to komusubi and sekiwake. Unlike sumo's top two ranks, there is no special criteria for ...

Sumo 101: Ozeki

Sumo Nov 19, 2018

Sumo 101: Ozeki

by John Gunning

Yokozuna are the stars of sumo. Always in the spotlight, they get the lion's share of column inches. Rightly so, given that only 72 men have ever attained the rank. And yet, yokozuna wasn't always the sport's highest position. For most of sumo's history, ozeki was its ...