Kakuryu suffers second loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 13, 2020

Kakuryu suffers second loss

Hakuho maintained his pursuit of a record-extending 44th Emperor's Cup by beating Yutakayama and improving to a perfect 6-0 Friday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. But the sailing was less smooth for fellow yokozuna Kakuryu, who dropped to 4-2 after losing to No. 2 ...

Hakuho grinds out another victory

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 12, 2020

Hakuho grinds out another victory

Hakuho scraped out a victory to remain perfect in a four-way tie for the lead on Thursday, the fifth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after his 35th birthday, the yokozuna (5-0) took on January's surprise champion, No. 2 maegashira Tokushoryu at ...

Health risks in spotlight as Spring Basho nears start

Sumo Mar 5, 2020

Health risks in spotlight as Spring Basho nears start

by John Gunning

The Japan Sumo Association is proceeding with the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, but has decided, in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, that it will be held behind closed doors. Calling off the event completely would undoubtedly have been a safer course of action, ...

Tokushoryu revels in improbable basho triumph

Sumo Jan 27, 2020

Tokushoryu revels in improbable basho triumph

A day after a Cinderella story unfolded at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokushoryu spoke about his improbable victory at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament and the whirlwind of emotions that came with his newfound fame. "This is amazing. What have I done," said the 33-year-old ...

Tokushoryu perseveres for first Emperor's Cup of career

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 26, 2020

Tokushoryu perseveres for first Emperor's Cup of career

Rank-and-filer Tokushoryu overcame all odds at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament and beat ozeki Takakeisho in the final bout on Sunday to win his first top-division championship. The 33-year-old Nara native delivered the performance of his career at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan to cap off ...

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 23, 2020

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Shodai and Tokushoryu each retained their leading records at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, while ozeki Goeido suffered an eighth loss and faces a demotion from the sport's second-highest rank. Goeido (4-8) was beaten by new sekiwake Asanoyama (7-5) in the day's ...

Shodai, Tokushoryu earn 10th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 22, 2020

Shodai, Tokushoryu earn 10th wins

Rank-and-filers Shodai and Tokushoryu maintained their joint lead with one-loss records at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, while ozeki Goeido staved off demotion by avoiding an eighth defeat. Shodai (10-1), the No. 4 maegashira on the east, was put to the test ...

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2020

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

No. 4 maegashira Shodai put on an electric performance at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to retain his place at the top with fellow rank-and-filer Tokushoryu. Locking horns with No. 7 Shohozan (5-5) on Day 10 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Shodai (9-1) ...