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 ...

Sumo Oct 23, 2013

Ex-ozeki Kaio to establish Asakayama stable

Former ozeki Kaio said Tuesday he plans to set up an independent stable separate from the Tomozuna stable under the name of Asakayama as early as next year. The 41-year-old Kaio, who is now known as stable master Asakayama, holds the all-time record for career ...