Sumo Mar 14, 2020

Takanobori made unusual entry into sumo

by John Gunning

Takanobori is probably the only rikishi in history recruited into sumo as a result of winning a bicycle race. In 1926, the 18-year-old Wataru Yoshikawa was taking part in a competition in what is now Nagano Prefecture when a pedal broke on his bike. Undeterred, he ...