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    Day 12 Rikishi talk: Kaisei, after getting his kachikoshi today: "Oops, I drank the chikaramizu by mistake.. I mean, I didn't drink it but it touched my lips.." (Because of the corona virus, the guys aren't allowed to actually drink it, just to go through the motions..) Ex- Kisenosato, commentating on today's TV broadcast, on Hakuhou's loss today: "The Yokozuna was really messy.. Shoudai dealing with his slaps was textbook stuff. While firmly coming from below, go inside for your opponent's bosom. It was textbook offence.." Ex-Mainoumi, on the same TV show, same Hakuhou: "It looked like he was desperate. There were a lot of futile moves on his part. He slapped with his right at the tachiai but it didn't faze Shoudai, which totally threw him off.." Shoudai, on beating Hakuhou: "I wasn't thinking too much but I was able to somehow remain on the dohyo. Beating the Yokozuna makes me happy. I trained a lot with him before the basho and studied his tachiai, keeping it in my mind. But if I think about it, I might recoil, so I decided not to think about it too much. I just want to get my kachikoshi and establish myself as a Sekiwake!" Aoiyama, the sole leader after day 12: "It was great. I'm hitting and moving forward. i was able to be calm as if it were a training session..I speak to my wife on the phone every day and it boosts my spirit. It's usually before my bedtime so we keep it short (an hour and a half, I am told..)" No going out at night for him or his wife who is in Tokyo, because of the virus scare. "She is also all alone and I know she is sad, but she is patient. I'm trying not to think about the yusho race, as it freezes me up..("It makes me hard/stiff" is the better translation but with you lot..) Kakuryuu, 10 wins and in the race: "I had a scary tachiai but managed to settle down after that. My body really responded well. I will concentrate and gambarize tomorrow as well!" Enhou, losing to Hokutofuji and suffering a makekoshi at his highest career rank of Maegashira 4: "This is what my strength is at this point. I simply lack power!" Hokutofuji, finally winning today after eight straight losses: "I'm happy I finally got a win.. I knew I had to keep my opponent in front of me." Takarafuji, getting his first kachikoshi after three bashos and a basho after his mentor passed away, 'returning the favor': "I want to play a more active role. Tokushouryuu's yusho (they are from the same school year) was a stimulus for me.. As for the kachikoshi, I trained more than usual before the basho and that was good." Asanoyama, facing same- record Hakuhou tomorrow, a bit of luck winning today: " I dropped him with some luck, probably because I put some pressure on him. As I'm not going out after hours, I'm watching my favorite action movies every day. I'm able to get sumo out of my head and refresh myself for a few hours. Ozeki promotion? I'm taking it a bout a day. I'll be facing tomorrow anew and do sumo. Hakuhou? If we get into a hold it will be the Dai-Yokozuna's game. I have no choice but to hit and go forward and forward and attack. I'm not thinking about the yusho race. I'm just fighting 15 days as a challenger!" More as they become available..
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    Day 1- what did they say? Terunofuji, ex-Ozeki who dropped all the way to Jonidan due to injuries to both knees and more, now at Juryo 3 and at Makuuchi's doorstep, starting with a win: " I was able to come this far thanks to the people who have cheered for me. I'd like them to see me healthy and doing well in Makuuchi!' Nishikigi, back in Makuuchi after two bashos, giving up a morozashi and being overwhelmed: "Man, that was lousy sumo. I wanted to get my hand on his belt but it was bad.." Tokushouryuu coming off the yusho, loses on day 1: " Last basho is over. Everyone ranked around me is strong. I won't be able to win without finding my own strength." Takakeishou, local boy, returning home as an Ozeki for the first time, but the hall is empty: "I have been reminded of the importance of the cheering of the fans. I feel the fans have an important part in the building of sumo as well." Enhou loses, without the backing from the crowd: "I had no fighting spirit.. I couldn't find the reason for battling today.." Ikioi, Osaka native, his local basho is now a non-spectator basho: "After the bout was over, I was thinking how quiet it was. I'll gambarize, hoping those that are watching this on television are rooting for me, as the stands are empty.. I was able to give it all I had. We live in times where the whole world is in the same situation." Kotoshougiku, the active rikishi with the most career appearances, and no one in the stands to appreciate that: "The atmosphere was as if I was in a shrine and it felt holy.. I'd like to face this as if it was a holy basho .." Mitakeumi, beating Enhou, facing him for the first time, tongue in cheek: "No problem whatsoever. It was good. On the contrary, I could concentrate better." Yutakayama, first day of un-audience over: "I can't 'borrow' the fans' power this basho.. I am fighting against myself on the dohyo..' Okinoumi, loses to Asanoyama by yorikiri: "You let him get his favorite grip and it's over.."
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    With a 5-2 kachi-koshi from this basho, Yoshii will become only the seventh rikishi to make his Makushita debut as a 16-year-old (since 1972, when completion of junior high school became mandatory). At 16 years, 8 months and 28 days when the banzuke is released, he will be the third-youngest following Asahizakura and Takahanada. The last 16-year-old Makushita rikishi was Hagiwara (Kisenosato) in 2003 Nagoya, although he turned 17 in between the banzuke release and the start of the basho. Yoshii defeating Matsuda today: Meanwhile down at the bottom of the rankings, Hattorizakura will tomorrow be the 11th rikishi in the seven-bout era to fight eight bouts twice, having previously done so this time last year. Then as now his extra opponent was a late-entering rikishi - the odds are good that Chiyotaiho makes Hattorizakura the first to finish 0-8 twice.
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    Day 9 rikishi talk: Yutakayama, beating Ozeki Takakeishou : "I was all over the place but I was patient and managed to win so I'm happy. I went out there feeling that I must not lose under any circumstances. My win yesterday changed the flow of things. I will totally gambarize for the remaining days as well and would like to do Yutakayama-like sumo for the many fans who are watching us on TV!" Kotonowaka, winning his seventh and needing another win for a kachikoshi in his Makuuchi debut basho, something his father did not achieve in his debut basho: "The flow was bad but my body was able to move well and I could respond. I'd like to build up my feeling without fail on a daily basis!" Aoiyama, kachikoshi on day 9 by beating Chiyotairyuu, first KK since July: "It's been a while. My opponent has a powerful tachiai as well so I tried not to lose there.. Last basho my wish to win was very strong and I couldn't do my own sumo. From the start of this basho I am able to move forward like I do in training.. I don't know how i will do from here on, but I want to pile up those white stars.." Ounoshou, facing Hakuhou tomorrow, for the first time since January 2018: "Really looking forward to it. I'd like to do all I am capable of." Enhou, losing to Endou, who he beat last basho: "I wanted to do it at my pace, but I got caught up in my opponent's pace. It's not easy to win when you're ranked as a joi..' Shoudai, losing the Sekiwake battle to Asanoyama: "My tachiai was good, but I couldn't go through with it and that is regrettable.." Kakuryuu, calmly absorbing Abi's flailing attack: "I was watching him carefully and remained calm. My ring sense is slowly returning..' Ryuuden, a good bout against Hakuhou: "I planned on moving forward by thrusting. I couldn't get inside, but I was able to thrust more than i expected, so i'd like to hone that skill in practice!" Asanoyama, winning today after losing yesterday: "Yesterday I couldn't do my own sumo and that's too bad.. I went out there determined to restart. I was able to attack calmly. " EDIT: Kotoshougiku, tying Musashimaru's career win record of 706, 8th all-time: "I'm really thankful for that.. I'm gambarizing a bout a day and that is the accumulation.. That was a good tachiai today, huh? Yesterday (against Shimanoumi) it was a bit close, but I managed to open some space and it was a good tachiai. I want Kotoshouhou's (7-3 in Juryo) power, Kotonowaka's softness- I want their youth!!" Mitakeumi, losing to both Yokozunae : "Even if I did lose twice my sumo was not bad. I intend to continue doing my own sumo seriously!" Tokushouryuu, moving forward and beating Ounoshou for his second win: "I've got to be serious till the end. There are many fans who are cheering me on..' Hakuhou, undefeated, followed by two hiramaku rikishi: "I'll be pulling them after me.. I want to face my bouts one by one till the end of the basho.."
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    Day 2- the rikishi talk again: Meisei, gets his first win after his injury last basho, katasukashi: "I'm still all over the place. My sumo sense is rusty but the technique emerged quickly so that was good.." Hokutofuji, beating Kakuryuu with a quick first step, like last basho: "I was telling myself to go about it calmly. My body responded well, as did my legs..' Kotonowaka, first Makuuchi loss: "I was confused a bit and was over-eager when it counted.. But my body was moving. I'm learning new things in Makuuchi every day!" Kotoshougiku, surpasses Takanohana's career Makuuchi wins-702 and is now 9th all-time: " Records are to be talked about after one retires..' Terutsuyoshi, the petite salt throwing rikishi is now sponsored by Hakata salt, the company, with kenshos: " It's finally happening, a year after my promotion to Makuuchi!" Abi, first win of the basho, beats Ryuuden, without any crowd-cheering: "It's lonely but what can I do.. For the sake of those watching this on TV, I have to take this seriously.." Shouhouzan, injuring his brow on day 1 against Tamawashi, going to the medical center after today's bout as well: "It's a graze.. I don't want it to suppurate and cause a fever.." Shoudai, beating Takayasu via sukuinage for his second consecutive win: "I got into a bad position so I threw with all I had. I didn't just stand there awkwardly, I was able to turn things around, and that's good.." Okinoumi, beating the Ozeki for his first win: "I managed to have a good tachi-ai. I know my opponent comes at you with all he has, so I had to counter that with all I had as well.." Daieishou, losing to both Yokozunae: "I'm still totally inexperienced, so I want to do the best I can. I'm able to stand up to them a bit, but I'd like to be able to do that till the end.."
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    Day 8 (results, text-only results) 8-0 Ye Hakuho 7-1 M9e Takanosho, M13w Aoiyama 6-2 Yw Kakuryu, Se Asanoyama, M3w Mitakeumi, M11e Chiyotairyu, M12e Ishiura, M18e Kotonowaka If it wasn't for the unavoidable lack of a crowd and the woeful shortage of ozeki, this basho could almost be mistaken for one of the good old days. Hakuho in the lead, Kakuryu doing decently but unspectacularly, and the rest of the joi a mishmash of good, bad and ugly. Of course, the chasing pair of Takanosho and Aoiyama looks very much like the usual for the last couple of years. In any case, if he can avoid injuring himself during week two, this one certainly is Hakuho's to lose. The shape of Asanoyama's ozeki run depends on what you believe he needs to do to complete it successfully - if it's the by-the-numbers 12-3, then today's loss to Yutakayama was a rather inopportune development, if it's just 11-4 or even 10-5 he still has some room to spare. The non-yokozuna frontrunner was Mitakeumi until two days ago, but back to back decisive losses to the yokozuna duo have already taken the shine off of it. Will he be able to avoid spiralling into a longer losing streak for once? 8-0 Hakuho Y Kakuryu 6-2 5-3 Takakeisho O --- 6-2 Asanoyama S Shodai 4-4 2-6 Hokutofuji K Endo 4-4 5-3 Daieisho M1 Takayasu 0-5-3 (x) 4-4 Okinoumi M2 Tokushoryu 1-7 3-5 Yutakayama M3 Mitakeumi 6-2 3-5 Enho M4 Abi 4-4 4-4 Ryuden M5 Onosho 5-3 M6 Kagayaki 5-3 5-3 Takarafuji M7 M8 Kiribayama 4-4 7-1 Takanosho M9 M10 6-2 Chiyotairyu M11 6-2 Ishiura M12 M13 Aoiyama 7-1 I sure hope that Takayasu is ranked high enough that he won't have to worry about getting demoted to juryo, although that may only be a small consolation with the way his career unfortunately seems to be falling apart on him right now. In actual demotion news we should be able to focus on the very lowest ranks soon; only one rikishi above M14 currently requires more than one additional win to retain his top division slot. The sole exception is winless Tochiozan, having quite a nightmare of a tournament so far and competing far worse than he did two months ago. (Although it has to be said that his performance there was rather surprising given his year-long decline that preceded it.) Tsurugisho started the basho looking much like he used to do for all the years he was mired in mid-juryo, i.e. heavily taped up, and his Day 5 withdrawal has likely all but assured that he's going to be the first demotee. Defending champion Terunofuji is your #1 candidate for promotion from juryo at the moment, although it hasn't escaped notice that he appears to be rather far from top physical condition again. I imagine he'll hold things together enough to clinch the makuuchi return though. Ever streaky Kotoeko is the other main contender for now, riding a 7-day winning run. (1) 1-7 Myogiryu M6 M7 Tamawashi 2-6 (1) (1) 2-6 Shohozan M8 M9 Tochinoshin 3-5 (1) (1) 3-5 Sadanoumi M10 Tochiozan 0-8 (4) M11 Terutsuyoshi 4-4 (1) M12 (1) 4-4 Kotoshogiku M13 (2) 4-4 Kaisei M14 Nishikigi 1-7 (5) (5) 1-4-3 Tsurugisho M15 Chiyomaru 5-3 (2) (3) 4-4 Azumaryu M16 Shimanoumi 4-4 (3) (4) 3-5 Meisei M17 Daiamami 3-5 (5) (2) 6-2 Kotonowaka M18 --- (5) 3-5 Kotoyuki J1 Hidenoumi 3-5 (5) (6) 3-5 Chiyoshoma J2 Wakatakakage 5-3 (4) (3) 6-2 Terunofuji J3 Daishoho 4-4 (5) (5) 5-3 Tobizaru J4 Daishomaru 2-6 (~) (3) 7-1 Kotoeko J5 Kyokushuho 4-4 (6) (5) 6-2 Kotoshoho J6 J7 Churanoumi 4-4 (7) (7) 5-3 Kyokutaisei J8 Ichinojo 4-4 (~) J9 Hoshoryu 5-3 (7) Sidelined Tomokaze will be the first demotion from juryo, and a pair of rikishi at opposite ends of their career appear likely to be joining him: Another demotion probably won't be a surprise for veteran Akiseyama, while Asagyokusei unfortunately just doesn't quite seem to be juryo worthy in his skills (yet), occasional flashes of brilliance like yesterday's win over Chiyootori notwithstanding. Sekitori debutant Midorifuji started off well with two wins, but a four-day losing streak quickly turned that around. He's in some danger at 3-5, as is Yago who looks a bit better than he did in his recent pair of 4-11 records, but perhaps not enough to avoid a trip to the unpaid ranks. Down in makushita the top 6 active rikishi all stand at 2-2 or better, for what holds the promise of a very suspenseful promotion race. There's been a need for a makushita fill-in for the juryo schedule on all 8 days so far, and somewhat unusually the committee has elected to go rather deep in sourcing the rikishi for that, with everybody between Ms1w and Ms5e getting one bout apiece. The unlikely makushita-joi 4-0 starting record has been produced by Asabenkei this basho. There are no outside contenders for a zensho promotion as the next 4-0 isn't found until Ms17, beyond the top 15 promotion zone. J4 Daishomaru 2-6 (1) J5 J6 Akua 2-6 (2) (2) 2-6 Mitoryu J7 J8 Ichinojo 4-4 (1) (2) 3-5 Kizakiumi J9 (3) 3-5 Yago J10 Takagenji 4-4 (2) (2) 4-4 Wakamotoharu J11 Midorifuji 3-5 (3) (2) 5-3 Hakuyozan J12 Asagyokusei 2-6 (5) (2) 5-3 Chiyonoumi J13 Tomokaze kyujo (x) (2) 6-2 Chiyootori J14 Akiseyama 3-5 (5) kyujo Sokokurai Ms1 Sakigake 2-2 2-2 Toyonoshima Ms2 Kotodaigo 2-2 4-0 Asabenkei Ms3 Fujiazuma 3-1 2-2 Chiyonoo Ms4 Daiseido 0-4 (x) (x) 1-4 Kaito Ms5 Gokushindo kyujo 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
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    If someone had told me at the start of the basho that Aioyama and Hakuho would be tied on day 12, I would have assumed they meant that Hakuho would have withdrawn from the tournament around day 6.
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    Day 9, special thanks to Asashosakari and Mbovo:
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    Article from Nikkan on Chiyomaru : his temperature was 38,6 yesterday night (14th) and 39,7 this morning. He had medical exams to see if it is regular flu this morning and will have more tests tomorow (16th). According to his brother and stablemate Chiyootori (currently fighting in Juryo) Chiyomaru was 'completely fine yesterday' and told him this morning that he had no physical problems at all except for the fever. Chiyootori thinks his brother will be back after a little rest. https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/photonews/photonews_nsInc_202003150000677-1.html
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    If the tournament is cancelled as a result of Chiyomaru testing positive, there seems to be uncertainty as to whether there will be a championship awarded at all. Hakuho is the sole leader, so it would not be farfetched to grant him the honour. However, would that win go into the history books as a zensho yusho? Questions, questions. You probably already saw this piece, care of Colin Murray at Metro News: "The Yokozuna himself always looks like he is on the verge of knocking out any man weighing over 16 stone within a ten-mile radius, even on his day off, and it might be worth attempting to stem the spread of Covid-19 by politely asking him to stare at it."
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    Day 10 Rikishi talk: Kotonowaka, getting his leg grabbed by Terutsuyoshi: "I did think of that possibility somewhat, but I was in too much of a hurry. I have no choice but to turn things around..' Tochiouzan, 10 straight losses: "My first step was good, but well.. I will concentrate on one bout at a time." Tochinoshin, on his heyamate Aoiyama (famous for his excellent training) remaining with one loss: "He's calm. If he can generate the same power he has in training, nobody will be a match for him.." Chiyotairyuu, 7th win, his heyamate Chiyomaru returning tomorrow after the Corona scare: "He'll be returning with guns blazing. He had an excellent first half of the basho so we will both be aiming for kachikoshi and hopefully generate some cheerful news.." Takanoshou, suffering his second loss of the basho to Takarafuji by tsukiotoshi in their first ever meeting: "The fact that I was able to push with only the top part of my body toward the end was not good. I was over-eager..' Daieishou, seven straight wins after starting 0-3: " I want to concentrate while keeping my spirits up. I'm feeling good and I believe it's a plus so I'm able to go all out! I think it's a good feeling. Looking to the future, the next days are very important.." Hokutofuji, seven straight losses, makekoshi at Komusubi: "My feet are not carrying me. I will do my best from tomorrow, thinking of the next basho." Kakuryuu, winning easily and getting his first kachikoshi since his yusho in July: "I was able to go with my own pace. I'm not thinking of the yusho race etc - I just want to concentrate on my own sumo.." Mitakeumi, getting his kachikoshi: "A lot of fighting spirit in today's bout. I am able to do my own brand of sumo. The fact that I'm not going out at night has been a great plus for me. If I do my own sumo I can win. All I can do is continue again from tomorrow!" Hakuhou, first loss of the basho today, to Ounoshou: "I pulled, yes? Well, the day I lose to Ounoshou has come. With this, I feel I have raised him well (Ounoshou participated in the first youth Hakuhou Cup when he was in Junior high and won the championship. Ten years ago)." Ounoshou, beating Hakuhou for the first time: "I didn't know how he would come out at me but I tried to cope with it. I have been watching the Dai-Yokozuna for a long time. 10 years ago I could never imagine this happening.." Aoiyama, ninth win and now tied for the lead: "I was able to do it without hesitation. I was going about it calmly. I'm just doing things as usual. The empty stands are a sad sight, but my fighting spirit isn't too high. I want to concentrate on one bout at a time." Asanoyama getting his kachikoshi and approaching the numbers he needs to be promoted to Ozeki : "I was able to stay calm and watch my opponent. From this point on it's going to be important and all I can do is face it one bout at a time. I'm one win behind so I would like to follow the leaders closely.."
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    The absence of the crowd this basho seems to have quite a negative effect on Hattorizakura. He has lost all of his matches so far...
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    If a rikishi falls in an empty arena, does he make a sound?
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