Tag - sumo



Otowayama stable wrestlers in front of their stable. It may come as a surprise to some, but the use of ring names between wrestlers in the same stable isn’t all that common.­
Jun 12, 2024
Burning questions (and their answers) new fans may have about sumo
The slow month of June is as good a time as any for our columnist to answer some of the fan questions that crop up with regularity.
Christina Griffin-Jones was a big part of a historically strong U.S. women's team at the 2023 Sumo World Championships.
Jun 5, 2024
American sumo organization becomes battleground in fight for equality
At the heart of the fight is growing opposition to a longtime federation trustee who has not been shy about expressing his homophobic views.
Onosato receives the Emperor's Cup from Japan Sumo Association Chairman Hakkaku at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sunday.
SUMO / Inside Sumo
May 29, 2024
Onosato's path to sumo greatness was plain for all to see
Sumo’s latest top division champion tore through the collegiate and amateur circuits at an almost unprecedented clip.
Onosato (right) defeats Abi during their bout at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka in March.
May 10, 2024
Onosato in position to use Summer Basho as springboard to stardom
The race for glory in the upcoming meet appears destined to be led by two men who have yet to win the Emperor’s Cup.
Wrestlers prepare for the start of a bout at the 2023 Sumo World Championships in Tokyo. Starting this month, placing one hand on the clay first is no longer allowed.
Apr 24, 2024
For amateur sumo, a fresh start offers hope against time-wasting and gamesmanship
Among the measures is an emphasis on wrestlers putting both hands down at the same time, with punishments including disqualification for noncompliance.
Rui "The Hurricane" Junior (right) takes down Mohamed Kamal during the World Championship Sumo tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 13.
Apr 19, 2024
World Championship Sumo adds WWE-style pizazz to Japan's traditional sport
A boisterous, nearly full crowd got an in-person look at sumo wrestling at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Akebono waves an American flag as he watches U.S. skaters in Nagano on Feb. 5, 1998, ahead of the Winter Olympics.
Apr 11, 2024
Sumo legend Akebono, first foreign-born yokozuna, dies at 54
Akebono, born Chadwick Haheo Rowan in Waimanalo, Hawaii, became the 64th yokozuna in 1993 and gained immense popularity.
Despite Japan’s strict anti-scalping laws, tickets for premium seats to sumo tournaments are being offered at massive markups on resale sites.
Apr 10, 2024
Scarcity of tickets leaves foreign sumo fans out in the cold
Almost as soon as general ticket sales began on Saturday for the upcoming May Grand Sumo Tournament, the entire meet was sold-out.
Miyagino stable in Tokyo on March 28
Mar 29, 2024
Wrestlers from sumo's scandal-hit Miyagino stable to join Isegahama
Isegaham's absorption of the roughly 20 Miyagino wrestlers will create sumo's biggest stable.
Takerufuji receives the Emperor's Cup at Edion Arena Osaka on Sunday.
SUMO / Inside Sumo
Mar 26, 2024
Takerufuji’s triumph is one for the ages
The Isegahama stable rookie arguably achieved one of most surprising sporting victories of all time.
Takerufuji compiled a 13-2 record in Osaka to become the first wrestler since Ryogoku in 1914 to win his maiden 15-day competition in the top division.
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 24, 2024
Takerufuji makes sumo history as first rookie top-division winner since 1914
The 24-year-old won his first Emperor's Cup faster than any wrestler since sumo adopted the calendar of six annual grand tournaments.
Asanoyama (right) defeats top-division debutant Takerufuji, ensuring that the title in Osaka comes down to the final day on Sunday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 23, 2024
Asanoyama pauses rookie Takerufuji's historic title bid
An apparent injury suffered by the top-division rookie has further clouded his attempt at history.
Takerufuji (left), who is making his top-division debut, shoves out Wakamotoharu to move to within a win of claiming a historic Emperor's Cup.
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 22, 2024
Debutant Takerufuji on brink of historic championship
The 24-year-old from Aomori Prefecture is bidding to become the first makuuchi-division debutant to win the Emperor's Cup since Ryogoku in May 1914.
Takerufuji (left) is thrown to the ground by Hoshoryu on Thursday during the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka.
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 21, 2024
Hoshoryu hands star rookie Takerufuji his first loss in Osaka
The bottom-ranked No. 17 maegashira dropped to 11-1 as he was tossed from the ring by the Mongolian-born ozeki.
With 56 of his first 66 career wins coming via sumo’s two most fundamental techniques (namely frontal push out and frontal force out), Takerufuji utilizes a straight-ahead traditional style that is sure to endear him to purists.
Mar 21, 2024
Red-hot rookie Takerufuji off to historic start in Osaka tourney
In remaining unbeaten over the meet’s first 11 days, Takerufuji equaled all-time great Taiho’s record for the best-ever start for a debutant.
No. 17 maegashira Takerufuji (top) forces out ozeki Kotonowaka on Day 11 of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Edion Arena Osaka in Osaka on Wednesday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 20, 2024
Takerufuji ties Taiho's top-tier rookie win streak record of 11
The 24-year-old defeated his fellow title rival and ozeki Kotonowaka at Edion Arena Osaka.
Takerufuji (left) pushes Onosato out of the ring at Edion Arena on Tuesday in Osaka.
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 19, 2024
Top-division rookie Takerufuji continues unbeaten march
The No. 17 maegashira from the Isegahama stable improved to 10-0 with an impressive push-out victory.
Takerufuji (left) pushes Ryuden over the straw bales on Sunday in Osaka, becoming the first wrestler to secure a winning record by improving to 8-0 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 17, 2024
Rookie Takerufuji keeps outright lead and claims winning record
Fighting as a No. 17 maegashira, the 24-year-old from the Isegahama stable became the first wrestler to secure a winning record by improving to 8-0.
Takanosho shoves out Kirishima on Saturday in Osaka, continuing the ozeki's run of bad form during the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 16, 2024
Kirishima slumps to 2-5 as Osaka tourney proceeds without Terunofuji
The action inside the ring at Edion Arena Osaka was overshadowed by the withdrawal of lone yokozuna Terunofuji due to injury.
Terunofuji, who has long-standing knee issues as well as back pain, withdrew from the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday.
Mar 16, 2024
Terunofuji pulls out of Spring Basho over health issues
Injury-plagued yokozuna Terunofuji withdrew from the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday due to lower back pain and other health problems.


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