Sumo wrestlers pay tribute to Chiyonofuji

Sumo Aug 1, 2016

Sumo wrestlers pay tribute to Chiyonofuji

Tributes poured in from around the country Monday as mourning continued the day after Japan lost legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji, who died in a Tokyo hospital due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. The funeral and memorial service for the former yokozuna and ...

The struggles of a local sumo hero

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jun 4, 2016

The struggles of a local sumo hero

by Mark Schreiber

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 ...

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 25, 2016

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, who completed an impressive win in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, could earn promotion to yokozuna in March's Spring tournament. Sumo elder Isegahama, who heads the Japan Sumo Association's judging department, indicated the ozeki, who became the first Japanese-champion in ...

Hakuho to kick off bid for history on east side

Sumo Dec 24, 2014

Hakuho to kick off bid for history on east side

Record-chasing Mongolian powerhouse Hakuho retained the prestigious east yokozuna slot for the sixth meet in a row as the Japan Sumo Association released the rankings Wednesday for the upcoming New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho will be aiming to surpass yokozuna legend Taiho and become ...

Sumo | SUMO SCRIBBLINGS Dec 2, 2013

Little-man sumo pays off for Harumafuji

by Mark Buckton

It was without doubt one of the most disappointing yokozuna-yokozuna bouts in recent years. When Harumafuji’s disappointing hit-and-run technique against fellow Mongolian Hakuho on Nov. 24 gave him the championship after an action-packed 15 days, few were that impressed. Instead, rather that his sixth yusho to ...