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  1. 35 points
    Due to circumstances at least partially beyond our control, Sumo Forum experienced an uncharacteristically long outage. The root cause of the issue was a database server update that turned out to be incompatible with the PHP version running our forum software. The issue was discovered by forum administration during the early hours (local time) of Tuesday the 10th. It was diagnosed and reported along with the probable cause and a suggested fix to our ISP by noon. The ISP, however, refused to investigate the issue because it was not reported by "a registered contact person of the customer". It wasn't until late Wednesday that I was able to reach @Kaikitsune Makoto to confirm the service request was indeed coming from a legitimate source. Our diagnosis of the core issue seems to have been correct and the fix has now been implemented, correcting the issue. Our regular service has resumed, the management wishes to apologize for any inconvenience caused. TL;DR: Forum was down between Tuesday and Thursday, apologies.
  2. 13 points
    (Let's see if I still know how to do this...) Day 8 (results, text-only results) 8-0 O1e Takakeisho 7-1 Ke Terunofuji, M6e Takarafuji, M17e Shimanoumi 6-2 Se Mitakeumi, M10e Ryuden, M14e Chiyonokuni It's a second consecutive tournament with zero yokozuna in attendance, and the ozeki squad didn't stay intact for long either with both Asanoyama and Shodai succumbing to injury by the middle of week one. Takakeisho has been shouldering the load for the high-rankers, and then some, looking completely in the "my brand of sumo" zone en route to his 8-0 record so far. Former ozeki Terunofuji, freshly returned to sanyaku after three years, follows along at 7-1 but he has arguably had to work harder for his wins and Daieisho outright found the right page in the playbook for how to deal with the big man today. Either one of the two should be genki enough to avoid the spectre of a third maegashira yusho in 2020, not to take away anything from how good Shimanoumi and (especially) Takarafuji have looked. Sekiwake Mitakeumi obviously can't be counted out of the yusho race at 6-2 yet, but his performances continue to be as up-and-down as ever and I suspect more people would be surprised by a 13-2 than an 8-7 from here on out. It's all quiet on the ozeki promotion talk front anyway, of course, after Aki basho's lackluster 8-win record where he didn't even have to fight Takakeisho and Shodai due to late-basho schedule adjustments. With the sanyaku ranks down to just five competing rikishi we're seeing a major dearth of possible high-ranker matchups, and that extends to the typical joi ranks on the maegashira side - M2w Daieisho is 5-3 and has already faced all sanyaku available bar komusubi Takayasu, Okinoumi one rank down with the same record is even done altogether already, and so is Hokutofuji at M4e and 4-4. Of course there's no guarantee that they won't stumble against lower-ranked opposition now, but it does appear quite likely that we're headed for a big banzuke crunch. Given the usual proclivities of the banzuke committee it's hard to say what any of them will have to do to "force" extra lower sanyaku slots to alleviate that crunch. Although perhaps I'm getting ahead of things anyway, given that sanyaku incumbents Takanosho and Takayasu are only 4-4 and do still have some work left against their fellow high-rankers, three matches apiece to be exact (including the one against each other). Takayasu in particular might end up as a major beneficiary of the Asanoyama and Shodai withdrawals as his sumo hasn't exactly looked up to sanyaku standards. (How much longer until the following table starts straight at the ozeki rank...?) kyujo Hakuho Y Kakuryu kyujo 8-0 Takakeisho O1 Asanoyama 1-2-5 3-2-3 Shodai O2 --- 6-2 Mitakeumi S Takanosho 4-4 7-1 Terunofuji K Takayasu 4-4 1-7 Kiribayama M1 Wakatakakage 2-6 2-6 Onosho M2 Daieisho 5-3 3-5 Kagayaki M3 Okinoumi 5-3 4-4 Hokutofuji M4 Tobizaru 2-6 2-6 Myogiryu M5 Kotoshoho 4-4 7-1 Takarafuji M6 Tamawashi 5-3 5-3 Tochinoshin M7 Endo 5-3 3-5 Aoiyama M8 5-3 Tokushoryu M9 Kotoeko 5-3 6-2 Ryuden M10 ... 6-2 Chiyonokuni M14 ... 7-1 Shimanoumi M17 __________________________________________________________________ There's no shortage of underperforming low maegashira who may be accompanying absent Kotoyuki to juryo after the basho. Enho leads the way by the numbers with his winless record, but sluggish Ichinojo isn't far behind. Top division rookie Akua also needs to win more than he loses during the final week, but in his case it already has to count as a success that he's in a position to maybe avoid the immediate return to juryo at all. It'll be quite an uphill battle though, given that he has arguably seen most of the easier opponents already. Sadanoumi is another rikishi who is clearly not in good shape, but one could have said that about him during all of 2020, and so far he has always managed to pull his record back into safe territory by senshuraku; we'll see how it goes this time. Aging Kaisei, enigmatic Yutakayama (how is he only 2-6?!) and makuuchi returnee Chiyoshoma round out the field of major demotion candidates as things stand after Day 8. Of course, given the state of upper juryo we might be seeing a whole bunch of lucky maegashira here in a week. Undersized youngster Midorifuji is the arguable leader of the promotion queue, followed by top-ranked Akiseyama (!) - both require the same 3 more wins by the numbers, but Akiseyama can't get there with less than that. I'm rooting hard for the big lug here, if only because his previous top division appearance was such an ultra-fluke, having come off a J5w 8-7 promotion, and it would be nice to see him do it the "proper" way at least once as well. The best-performing juryo rikishi might well have been Azumaryu to this point, but he's saddled with his relatively low ranking of J7w and he'll need to keep his winning going to have a shot at makuuchi. Good return from his involuntary Covid-19 timeout in September, in any case. Ishiura and Chiyomaru complete the set of semi-reasonable candidates for promotion, though neither has looked all that convincing. M8 Terutsuyoshi 2-6 (2) M9 M10 Meisei 4-4 (1) (3) 2-6 Sadanoumi M11 Enho 0-8 (5) (3) 2-6 Yutakayama M12 Kaisei 3-5 (3) (1) 5-3 Hoshoryu M13 Ichinojo 2-6 (4) M14 Kotonowaka 4-4 (3) (2) 5-3 Chiyotairyu M15 Kotoyuki kyujo (x) (3) 4-4 Chiyoshoma M16 Akua 4-4 (4) (1) 7-1 Shimanoumi M17 --- (3) 5-3 Akiseyama J1 Chiyonoo 2-6 (6) (3) 6-2 Midorifuji J2 Shohozan 1-7 (~) (4) 5-3 Ishiura J3 (5) 5-3 Chiyomaru J4 Nishikigi 4-4 (6) (6) 4-4 Daiamami J5 Hidenoumi 4-4 (6) (7) 4-4 Churanoumi J6 Wakamotoharu 3-5 (~) (7) 4-4 Chiyootori J7 Azumaryu 6-2 (5) (~) 4-4 Kyokutaisei J8 (~) 4-4 Tsurugisho J9 (~) 5-3 Hakuyozan J10 Kyokushuho 5-3 (~) (~) 5-3 Mitoryu J11 J12 Jokoryu 6-2 (~) __________________________________________________________________ The list of candidates for demotion to makushita is simultaneously very extensive and very limited. The table to follow includes no less than 17 names right now, but is really much shorter than that on both ends: 3 of them are already certain to go - former ozeki Kotoshogiku has sadly had to call it quits after his 1-5 start left no doubt that he's not getting back to makuuchi anytime soon or ever, Abi continues to sit out his 3-basho suspension, and poor Fujiazuma hasn't done nearly as well as stablemate Azumaryu and finds himself winless at the bottom rank for a certain demotion. Of the remaining 14 rikishi, 8 are highly unlikely to remain in demotion troubles for much longer as they only require one more win for numerical safety. Another 4 only need two wins, also quite doable with 7 days to go, which leaves us only with Ikioi and Nishikifuji. Ikioi looked good for the first two days but his movements on the dohyo have been rather uncontrolled since then, so his leg problems have likely flared up again, and Nishikifuji is currently riding a 6-day losing streak where he hasn't fought quite that badly, but probably not good enough that he can be expected to turn it around before makushita beckons. So all in all that's 3 definite plus 1 very likely plus 1 possible promotion slots for the makushita-joi to gun for, and first blood was drawn by much-hyped Naya yesterday when he obtained his early 4-0 kachikoshi. He's not quite there yet as he could still drop to as low as 5th in the promotion queue, but it's a near-certainty that he'll finally be reaching the paid ranks. Quite a winding road it's been since he first reached the single-digit ranks in his 10th career basho back in July last year; I don't think many people would have expected him to need another 8 tournaments from there. The competition for the other available spots is wide open as it usually is at this early time in the basho, and there's no shortage of potentially interesting stories here particularly among the would-be sekitori debutants, but let's give them a few more days to develop. Former four-time juryo denizen Chiyoarashi is back in the makushita-joi for the first time since 2015, while Bushozan is making his debut up there; both are 2-2. J2 Shohozan 1-7 (1) J3 Kotoshogiku 1-6i (x) ... J6 Wakamotoharu 3-5 (1) J7 (1) 4-4 Kyokutaisei J8 Ikioi 2-6 (3) (1) 4-4 Tsurugisho J9 Daishomaru 3-5 (2) (1) 5-3 Hakuyozan J10 Kyokushuho 5-3 (1) (1) 5-3 Mitoryu J11 Abi susp. (x) (2) 5-3 Takagenji J12 Jokoryu 6-2 (1) (2) 5-3 Ura J13 Nishikifuji 1-7 (6) (x) 0-8 Fujiazuma J14 Chiyonoumi 6-2 (2) 1-3 Daishoho Ms1 Naya 4-0 3-2 Yago Ms2 Shiraishi 3-1 3-1 Kitaharima Ms3 Kotodaigo 0-2-2 (x) 2-2 Bushozan Ms4 Terasawa 1-3 2-2 Chiyoarashi Ms5 Kotokuzan 2-2 ... Ms12 Roga 4-0 ... Ms15 Ryuko 4-0 Having three 4-0 rikishi in the promotion zone is rather unusual and last happened back in Haru 2016, but of course it ultimately won't matter since it just means we might have to wait for Day 11 to be down to one of them rather than Day 9. One of Daishoho and Terasawa will be departing the race tomorrow as they're meeting head-to-head. __________________________________________________________________ Explanation of symbols used: numbers = wins needed until favourable outcome (getting promoted / not getting demoted) o = favourable outcome achieved x = favourable outcome definitely missed ~ = favourable outcome missed "by the numbers", but still achievable through banzuke luck Late edit to include Kotonowaka.
  3. 12 points
    "All he can do is get ready for January , do or die.." said his Oyakata. There's that "do or die" again.." Miyagino has retracted his statement today. "In yesterday's interview i said it was a "'do or die" basho for Hakuhou. It is by no means my intention - it was a rash statement made by myself and I am deeply reflecting upon it. I would like to correct that and cancel it .. I am really very sorry about that.." said Miyagino in a written statement to the Kyokai. I can only imagine the shouting at the heya last night.
  4. 10 points
    Rikishi talk day 9: Takarafuji, tied for the lead: "I managed to frantically save my skin. It wasn't sumo that can be praised, but I didn't give up easily.. I got my kachikoshi pretty quickly ( on day nine, his fastest ever). I am astonished myself. " He trained daily with Terunofuji at the heya and the results are obvious. "If I didn't do good sumo he would blast me out of the dohyo.. The keiko was of high quality. " His wife of four years is helping him out with setting a balanced diet. "I can feel the love, and that is what is really important. " Enhou, finally gets his first win of the basho: " All i could think of was to win. I thought to grab his mawashi and I don't remember the rest. Truth be told, it was very difficult for me to mount the dohyo each day. I lost my confidence. I didn't know what I should be doing to get it right. I was doing sumo while being scared.. But amidst this situation, the fans never stopped cheering me on every day and the people around me continued to support me and that is what has brought me to this point. I would like to dedicate this win to them. It was an extremely important win!" Kotoshouhou beat a sanyaku opponent the first time he faced one, beating Sekiwake Takanoshou : "I just wanted to do a good tachiai and hoped the rest will follow. I was totally absorbed in the bout. " Takanoshou was his elder in a Chiba sumo club. "The minute I got on the dohyo, it was irrelevant. I went with all my might as usual.." Takakeishou, first loss of the basho: "A lot happened, but I lost so I have nothing to say. I lost so I must have done something wrong. I'll review this seriously and will gambarize anew from tomorrow." Takayasu, showing excellent sumo and beating Terunofuji: " I was able to do sumo at my own pace. I was able to hit hard and get in a good position so that was good. My sumo sense is getting better." Tobizaru, handing Takakeishou his first loss of the basho: "I managed to attack well without running away and that was good. It feels like a dream! I was sure I would be blown away with one push- after all, he was an unbeaten Ozeki.. I'd like to turn things around and do better sumo now." Ura, three straight wins : "I'm glad I won. I really don't know how well my body is moving. I'm just giving it my all. Winning streak or losing streak, without thinking of the win/loss thing, I will not let up. I just want to go about it without thinking about that." Makushita 12 Russian Rouga won his fifth straight, beating Taihou's grandson Naya: "I was able to grab his mawashi after the initial hit." If he wins all seven bouts, he will be promoted to Juryo. "I'm trying not to think about that too much. Bout by bout , I want to be able to do my own sumo till the end." Shimanoumi wins today, now tied for the lead: "I can't remember a thing. My body was moving well. I don't want to get carried away and hopefully will keep my presence of mind.. All I can do now is gambarize for the last part of the basho." Kotonowaka, facing Houshouryuu in a battle between two great hopes, and winning: "I just wanted to go about it calmly. I was patient and was able to cope well." Hokutofuji, winning his first four bouts and then losing his next four - wins today: "I faced today's bout as if it was day one. I want to continue with that feeling tomorrow, while going about it calmly."
  5. 10 points
  6. 10 points
    Well.. I spent a week with him and the other Sadogatake lads- him and Kotomitsuki were really loose and cool.
  7. 10 points
    Thanks for the detailed notes - I've dug up the bouts in case anyone else is interested. Takayasu - Shohozan: this was a real barn burner; I can see what Kintamayama was talking about. Tokitenku - Hakuho: Bit more sedate.
  8. 10 points
    Am I the only one who's just not bothered one bit by a yokozuna taking multiple basho off? Let them do it. I wish there was a better solution for wrestlers without the privilege of doing so since a lot are being forced into destroying their bodies and shortening their careers. The last three basho Kakuryu fought to a finish, he came in second twice and won once. He's still a true yokozuna if his body is in decent shape. If we can get some more good tournaments from him in exchange for him taking some time off, I say that's fine!
  9. 10 points
    The makuuchi yusho will take an extra week to decide, due to delays in results from mail-in matches.
  10. 9 points
    Hey everyone, I'm making lower division highlight videos this basho (maybe Juryo videos too...) just wanted to drop my list of lower division rikishi I'm following. Let me know if you want me to follow someone in particular! Ms1 Daishoho Ms1 Naya Ms2 Yago Ms2 Shiraishi Ms3 Kitaharima Ms4 Terasawa Ms8 Ichiyamamoto Ms9 Kitanowaka Ms10 Tochiseiryu Ms11 Wakayama Ms11 Suzuki Ms12 Murata Ms12 Roga Ms15 Hokutenkai Ms16 Oshoryu Ms19 Tsurubayashi Ms20 Amakaze Ms21 Toyohibiki Ms23 Tokisakae Ms24 Shohoryu Ms25 Fukai Ms32 Mudoho Ms33 Tochikamiyama Ms33 Yoshii Ms48 Otsuji Sd5 Masutoo Sd10 Dewanoryu Sd13 Nihonyanagi Sd21 Hokuseiho Sd44 Nabatame Sd61 Shinohara Sd81 Shishi Sd84 Hozan Jd6 Ofukasawa Jd8 Hagiwara Jd9 Kirameki Jd10 Hisanotora Jd55 Osuzuki Jk15 Takasu Jk30 Hattorizakura
  11. 9 points
  12. 9 points
    A visual scan of the rikishi pages on the database results in very tired eyes, and the following list of rikishi with the most absent honbasho days, as of today. It's possible I missed someone from Sandanme or lower, but I was really starting to struggle by then. Takanohana 201 Kakuryu 201* Hakuho 191* Akebono 181 Chiyonofuji 170 Tochiazuma 169 Mitoizumi 162 Kaio 158 Hisanotora 152* Gojoro 146 Kuniazuma 146
  13. 9 points
    Day 10 rikishi talk: Ura, four straight wins beating 190 kilos Tsurugishou today: "I think I was able to truly do my own sumo today. I was stopped in my tracks for a while there, but I knew I couldn't keep that up for long so I made my move. I still have no confidence whatsoever. I'm totally anxious..There is a plus side - it makes me more focused. I want to continue gambarizing day by day. I'm close to a kachikoshi (needs another win) that will assure me a stay in Juryo, but I'm trying not to think of that. I do, however, want that kachikoshi.. I will gambarize to maintain my stamina ." It's been a while since he's gone for 15 days. Takakeishou, 9th win and remaining tied for the lead: " I did rebound from the loss, but yesterday was yesterday. All my troubles seemed so far away. Today is today. Day nine will not happen again, so I decided to concentrate and just do it. It's a world where winning is essential. I have to concentrate to keep them white stars (wins) coming!" Terunofuji, craning Tobizaru and carrying him out today after two consecutive losses: "I was thinking of 強引 all out (pun). When facing a small opponent, you have to go all out against him from the start, otherwise you may find yourself running after him and losing.. I want to return to my previous position (Ozeki). I want to get ten wins and upwards this basho." Ryuuden, kachikoshi on day 10, first one since January. "I'm in attacking mode and also persistent. It's good that my body is moving. And how about the twerking, huh? Shaking that ass.." Asked about the new-fangled tachiai: "I am thinking and doing it.." Kotoshouhou, beating two Sekiwake the last two days and will face Takakeishou in the final bout of the day tomorrow: "I think my body moved well. The important thing was that I was patient. I'm able to experience Makuuchi well. Tomorrow, I will be going about it while concentrating, on my tachiai, as usual." Daieishou, 7th win, beating Okinoumi and aiming to return to Sanyaku: "I want to be back there as soon as possible. I have to get those results.."
  14. 9 points
    I’ve been waiting days to pat myself on the back for noticing this. Thanks to whoever got the forum back up and gave me the chance to quote myself for attention!
  15. 8 points
    Rikishi talk day 10- part 2: Shimanoumi is ranked at the very bottom of Makuuchi and tied for the lead. He has suffered a devastating injury in his past, just as he was ranked Makushita 4 and poised to become a sekitori, back in 2013, to return in 2014 ranked at Jonokuchi 18. He then slowly made his way back to the top. "Yesterday, my Oyakata (Kise) told me that my opponent (Chiyonokuni) will be coming at me with slaps so I should keep my head low. That's all I had in mind today. " That is exactly what happened. People are comparing his run so far to Tokushouryuu's run when he got the yusho in January of this year from the very bottom of the banzuke as well. "I'm not thinking of anything. If I do it will be bad. My Oyakata has told me not to think obstructive thoughts.. In any case, I will be giving it my all. I don't want to do sumo I may regret. " His heyamate Gagamaru announced his retirement today. "When I joined sumo he was ranked at Komusubi. I was blessed to be able to train with someone ranked high above me. I feel very thankful, yet I feel very sad. He has taught me so much, so I would like to get a good result." Hokutofuji' doing two bouts today, beating Takarafuji in the second bout after an extreme effort and a redo: "My lungs are shot.. My opponent is in good shape, so the sumo turned out the way it did. I'm happy I was able to continue yesterday's good sumo.."
  16. 8 points
    Rikishi talk Knock a Bee: Ura got his fifth win today, beating Chiyoootori and doing "regular" sumo by moving forward, no tricks. "I'm glad I was able to push today. I managed to get into that pretty well and unintentionally.. I guess i saw my chance and went for it. I'm glad I did not lose to a big opponent. I think the fact that by day 8 I have more wins than losses means that I have been gambarizing well. I'm worried if my body can last the 15 days but to this point I have been able to move well. The level in Juryo is high. I want to give it my all, no regrets!" Daieishou, handing Terunofuji his first loss: "I knew I had no chance to win if he got my mawashi or got a good grip. I'm glad I managed to keep him at bay. If I can keep doing this kind of sumo I will be in a better place. It gave me a boost of confidence. I'd like to be able to attack by relentlessly moving forward!" Mitakeumi, beating Tobizaru and showing total dominance with excellent sumo : "I think the last time we faced each other was in high school. This was the bout I was looking forward to the most this basho I really enjoyed it. He is my classmate and we also started sumo together. Other than Hokutofuji, I don't face many of these.. I wasn't expecting him to come out slapping, but I was able to calmly handle it. The way he performed last basho was a great stimulus for me, being my classmate and all.. I'm still full of stamina. If I do sumo without pulling, I believe the wins will continue. I want to go about it with a good feeling!" Takarafuji, one win behind the leaders halfway through the basho: "I managed to do my own sumo. My opponent (Kotoekou) likes the right hand grip as opposed to my favorite left hand grip so I wanted to get mine first. I hit hard and did the sumo I had imagined. It seems maybe I'm doing too well.." His two year old son has been an inspiration to him. "He watches my bouts on TV every day with my wife and when I win, he cheerfully shouts 'HE DID IT!!" He recognizes me. I feel he is growing up..So my goal is 8 'HE DID ITs' and then 10 'HE DID ITs'.." summed Takarafuji. Retiring Takasago Oyakata was on TV today as the commentator. when ex-Asahouryuu's picture came on, he let loose. "This Yokozuna caused me a lot of problems.. He had no idea what it feels to be a Yokozuna. At times he listened, other times he taught. More than me bringing him up, he became a Yokozuna on his own, because he was simply very strong. He trained very well!" Chiyonokuni, second straight loss, this time to Endou: "I wanted to get that left hand grip but I couldn't from the start. My opponent was stronger.." Wakatakakage, beating Kiribayama, his first "real" win of the basho: "I want this to be a new start. I will be concentrating tomorrow as well.." Shimanoumi, still with only 1 loss: "I'm not thinking about anything. I can only face each bout at a time.'
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    Day 3 rikishi talk: Terunofuji 3-0: "I was able to go about it calmly. I'm not thinking of the yusho." Takakeishou, also 3-0, the first time he had a perfect three win start since he became Ozeki: "Whatever position I find myself in, I have to believe in what I'm doing.. It's not good that I found myself in a belt situation.. You can't always do the sumo you plan. It's not that easy. Still, i was able to use all my power. Asanoyama has gone kyujo, but all I can do is give it my all. It has nothing to do with me. Yusho? I have to do what I plan, and if I don't, it means I am weak. I want to do sumo I won't regret!" Shoudai winning again, but again not convincingly, and seems to have injured his ankle: "That was close.. I really do want to win by attacking, but..I pushed him to the edge but needed that extra step or two that I wasn't able to take and I just stopped. I want to be able to attack all the way. I did fall awkwardly at the end. for now, I can walk as usual so I'm OK. I feel I will need to check out my condition tomorrow." Ura, second loss in Juryo: "I couldn't do any sumo at all. I was totally overmatched. All i can do is give it my all. I'd like to gambarize, hoping that the results will follow.."
  20. 8 points
    Knock knock. Who's there? Snot. Snot who? 'Snot a yokozuna
  21. 7 points
    Rikishi talk day 5: Ura from Juryo, on his incredible izori today: "It just happened- I was surprised myself.. I'm glad the technique appeared.." he said. He has a new keshomawashi that says "technique" on it.. Takakeishou, five straight wins. "I planned on concentrating and doing my own sumo perfectly. If I can do my own offence I will be able to do sumo I won't regret, was my thinking. Everyone around me gone? During a basho, I am concentrating on my own sumo only. I have no wish to think about others, but there is nothing you can do about people getting injured." Lowest ranked Shimanoumi has 5 straight wins as well: Did not answer their calls.. Shoudai kyujo, first time in his pro career. Edagawa oyakata, ex-Aogiyama: "He is in pain, but he also said he was scared. I think he wants to return at some point this basho, but I don't want him to do anything unreasonable.." Hakkaku rijicho: "As a new Ozeki there was a feeling of a new start so I'm pretty sure he's devastated. He can still walk so he should be grateful for that. He has to become stronger and beat his opponents before he has to resort to saving himself at the edge at the last minute. What's most important is becoming healthy again. He feels as an Ozeki that he has to win, so this is an injury as a result of him going all out.. It is what it is, it really is. It's important for the remaining rikishi to show good sumo." Isegahama, head of judging department: "There is the fact that there is nothing you can do if you get injured, but it's really deplorable that so many joi are out. Usually, it's important to do enough training to avoid injuries.." Kitanofuji, sharp-tongued TV commentator: "The expectations from him were high. Asanoyama went kyujo and they grew even higher. But when i think of it, his sumo was all over the place from day 1.You don't go kyujo because it hurts. I don't want him to rest because of that. I expected him to battle Asanoyama for the yusho. It's really disappointing for the sumo world as well.." Shibatayama PR man: "It's difficult when a top rikishi goes kyujo, however unintentionally. Tickets were sold. I just want them all to gambarize!! Terunofuji, beating Hokutofuji for his 5th straight win, throwing him down with a vengeance and causing him to bounce: "Didn't my opponent jump at me? The basho isn't over yet. I'm taking care of my knees by keeping them warm and not letting the inside part or the outside part get cold. I wish Shoudai well and am looking forward to meeting him on the dohyo next basho!" Mitakeumi' beating his two-year University junior Wakatakakage: "We're on a different level. That was one bout i did not want to lose and i was able to show the difference between our positions.." Takanoshou, beating Kiribayama despite the thrashings and going 3-2 in his first sekiwake basho; "I hope to pile up the wins with this fighting spirit.' Chiyonokuni going 5-0, his best start ever, by beating Sadanoumi: "I'm not thinking of that in particular. I'm gambarizing a bout a day!" Takarafuji, getting his 4th win by handing Endou his first loss: "Not bad. I'm able to do good sumo, and hope not to get injured.."
  22. 7 points
    Day 4 rikishi talk: Juryo Ura, winning today and is now 2-2: "That was good. I've been getting blown away at the tachiai lately and that has hurt my confidence. I was able to do my pushing and that brought my confidence back. It's still day 4 though so I can't say much. Stamina-wise it's a bit difficult (he hasn't gone 15 days for a long time) but I'm able to keep up my rhythm so I'm able to maintain my condition quite easily." Terunofuji, 4-0: "I'm just piling up those wins one by one.." Hakkaku rijicho on Shoudai seemingly being injured and grimacing like an old lady: "He has become an Ozeki so he has to go with his feelings. Whatever happens, injury or whatever, if you're out there, don't make those pathetic faces. Tomorrow? He should do his own tachiai and not lose mentally!" Chiyonokuni, returning to Makuuchi and starting with a 4-0 record: "He got close up and that wasn't good, but at least i was able to move quickly after that. I'm still slow. My sumo is slow.. I'm just thinking about the bout before me. A day, one bout. I am not conscious of my winning streak." Takakeishou is 4-0, beating Ounoshou today in a well fought match: "I didn't have a specific plan, I just went with the flow. I'm just concentrated and doing my best. Shoudai injured? It has nothing to do with me. I want to do spirited sumo. I'm not thinking of my opponent's condition. I just want to do sumo I won't regret. Today is behind us, so I'll go all out and gambarize tomorrow as well!" Daieishou, beating Shoudai today: "I thought thinking about his injury would be discourteous to him, so i banished the thought from my mind. Only he knows how painful it is for him. If I do my own sumo, the results will follow." Takanoshou, beating Wakatakakage who made a henka attempt and evening his record at 2-2: "I'm feeling comfortable. I will gambarize tomorrow as if it's day 1!" Kiribayama, beating Mitakeumi: "I'm trying to do my own sumo before my opponent does his..'
  23. 7 points
    Rikishi chatter day 2: Kotoekou, second win: "I was able to remain calm and do sumo. My body is moving well and my response is good. " He misses Kyushu and the local fans as he is a local as well. "Instead of getting the Kyushu crowd excited, I think it's up to us hometown boys to light up the dohyo!!" he exclaimed. Shoudai remains unbeaten: "Today, my legs followed after my initial charge. I was able to somehow improve on my bout from yesterday. My body was a bit high, but I was thinking of lowering it in my head." His body was actually high, but his feeling of attacking made the content better. He walked to the venue again today. "I plan on continuing this as long as it doesn't rain or my legs don't hurt ," he added. Juryo Kotoshougiku got his first win of the basho today. "Yesterday's sumo was not good. From here it's a bout a day and I think the results will follow. I want to do the same thing every day. As for my condition, there's nothing much I can say - I just have to succeed with what i have.. Even though we're not in Kyushu, every time i mount the dohyo I feel the need to show my gratitude towards my fans. Doing my own sumo is more important to me than the results.." Juryo Ura lost today to Chiyonoumi, tumbling off the dohyo. "I couldn't do a thing. It was a total loss. I have to somehow hold on for 15 days. I would like to gambarize a bout a day." Back in sanyaku Takayasu got his first win today, beating Kagayaki quickly. "I was able to get a quick first step and move forward so that was good.. I lost on day 1 but I was able to turn things around with my sumo today. I'm loving the atmosphere and am able to do good sumo. I have goals (Ozeki return) and I'd like that to motivate me from tomorrow." Takakeishou, beating Wakatakakage decisively: "I was able to concentrate and do my very best. All I can do is take it a bout a day. I'm able to go about it calmly and with concentration every day. The crowd gives me a lot of unseen power." Tobizaru, second straight loss, this time to Hokutofuji: "My opponent was much better than me. I'm really not looking good. It's not that I'm in bad shape. I will bring out my strength!" Terunofuji, second win, looking awesome: "Every time I mount the dohyo I do so with a lot of confidence. I'm glad I did well today. "
  24. 7 points
    Rikishi chatter day 1: Terunofuji, starting off well, beating Kagayaki : "I was able to hit well at the tachiai and got my left in so all I had to do was to advance. I'm not thinking about the fact that I'm back in sanyaku and this was my first win there after a long time. All I can do is do my best daily. The crowds are slowly getting larger. It makes it more exciting. My left knee injury (that caused him to go kyujo on day 13 last basho) is slowly healing," he said. Asanoyama beat Kiribayama on day 1: "I managed to do my own brand of sumo. Last basho was last basho (when he lost his first three bouts). This basho is this basho. Last basho was frustrating. I'm going with the feeling that this time I'll get consecutive wins." He did not take part in the pre-basho Kyokai training camp. "I got ready for July and September at my own heya and did so this time as well. I need to show my strength during the basho!" he declared. Makuuchi newcomer Akua lost his first match today to Chiyonokunishouma, and seemed to fall awkwardly. "I'm fine. I stretched my leg a bit (a surefire sign of kyujo, if you ask me..). Last basho I lost my first two bouts as well. I hope to recover and get a few consecutive wins and at least get a kachikoshi that will lead into the next basho.." Tobizaru dropped his first match of the basho, losing to Okinoumi: "I've become famous. People call out to me in the streets! Regardless of the results, I would like to do forward-moving sumo. I didn't feel much difference from last basho. I was able to attack, but then I pulled.. I just want to concentrate deeply as i go about it!" Okinoumi, beating Tobizaru: "I was a bit stiff. It was our first meeting, it was day 1, I strongly felt the need to win. The fact that the seats around the dohyo were occupied after they were empty for a few bashos was a bit stressful.. But the number of fans is increasing and that is the best. I want to gambarize and show some good stuff.." Shoudai, last minute win over Wakatakakage: "I'm stiff. A long way to go. It is day 1 and my first bout as an Ozeki. I had a lot on my mind and my body did not move as I expected. I thought it would go as usual but as soon as I mounted the dohyo things were different. My feet didn't move well." He had his "yusho portrait hoisted to the ceiling" ceremony today as well. Every time he went for the salt, he could see it and it gave him a good feeling but may have weakened his concentration. "I was really happy, and was conscious of it.." he said. "I'll do my best not to repeat today's sumo. I was still able to win today nonetheless. If I can get my body moving, the quality of my sumo will be much better, I think," he summed. Kitanofuji TV commentator, seeing Shoudai smiling after his narrow escape today: " Nothing to laugh about, man!" Takakeishou, getting his win on day 1, beating Takayasu: "I'd like to gambarize tomorrow as well and give it my all. With the increase of spectators, it felt much better on the dohyo and reminded me of the January basho and that gave me energy and I'm grateful for that. What I didn't feel with 2500 fans, I do feel this basho with 5000. No Yokozunae? I'm not thinking in banzuke terms- I just hope to show energized , vigorous and temperamental, youngish sumo!" he hummed. Ura, back in business in Juryo, winning his first bout by cool okurinage: "I was a bit nervous. Before the basho, my goals were to be able to stay in Juryo and avoid injuries during the 15 days. I'm glad my sumo had a good flow today. I'm happy to have won on day 1, but I can't say anything until it's over. 14 days to go.. I have no reason to celebrate just because I won on day 1 and want to continue with this feeling," he said.
  25. 7 points