The struggles of a local sumo hero

/ | Jun 4, 2016

The struggles of a local sumo hero

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An oft-repeated question these days, and one not necessarily confined to sports media, is whether 29-year-old wrestler Kisenosato will make it to sumo's highest rank. Or is he destined to remain a perennial bridesmaid? Clearly at the peak of his career, the ozeki (champion) and ...

In pictures: Hakuho headlines somber spring sumo festival at Yasukuni Shrine

Apr 19, 2016

In pictures: Hakuho headlines somber spring sumo festival at Yasukuni Shrine

Nearly 8,000 spectators attended the ceremonial Spring Festival sumo event held outdoors at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Monday. The headliner was top-ranked yokozuna, Hakuho, the most successful sumo wrestler of all-time with a record 36 career tournament wins. The Mongolian beat compatriot and fellow yokozuna, ...

Hakuho's sumo record title earns Guinness recognition

Dec 25, 2015

Hakuho's sumo record title earns Guinness recognition

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho’s record sumo career has been recognized by Guinness World Records, the champion revealed Thursday on his blog. Hakuho claimed his 33rd career title in January to surpass the 32 wins amassed by Taiho, who claimed his last title in 1971 and has ...

Sumo great Kitanoumi dies at 62

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 ...

Kisenosato remains in three-way tie for lead

Sep 16, 2015

Kisenosato remains in three-way tie for lead

Japanese hopeful Kisenosato beat Bulgarian grappler Aoiyama to post a fourth win and retain his share of the lead, while Kakuryu rebounded from Tuesday's shock defeat at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. It was a close call, but after both Kisenosato and Aoiyama ...

Sep 3, 2015

Wakanosato announces retirement

Former sekiwake Wakanosato announced Thursday that he plans to retire. The 39-year-old, whose real name is Shinobu Kogawa, had previously spoken of his intention to hang up his mawashi if he dropped into the makushita division, something his 4-11 record in July's Nagoya Grand Sumo ...

JP Tower to host sumo exhibition bouts on Aug. 29

Aug 17, 2015

JP Tower to host sumo exhibition bouts on Aug. 29

A glitzy skyscraper in front of JR Tokyo Station is set for an unlikely installation at its atrium — a genuine sumo ring. Wrestlers will take part in exhibition bouts in the ring at the KITTE shopping area in JP Tower on Aug. 29, with ...

Canadian sumo wrestler Henderson set for Japanese debut

Jul 11, 2015

Canadian sumo wrestler Henderson set for Japanese debut

Canadian Brodik Henderson is hoping his prowess in the remote world of U.S. amateur sumo wrestling will translate into a professional career in the heartland of the ancient sport. The 20-year-old native of Victoria, British Columbia, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 360 pounds, will make ...