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  1. 5 points
    Day 14 (results, text-only results): Yusho arasoi: 13-1 Sw Mitakeumi 12-2 --- 11-3 M9w Yutakayama, M13w Asanoyama 3-3-8 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho 3-1-10 kyujo Kisenosato Y2 9-5 Goeido O1 Takayasu 9-5 O2 Tochinoshin 5-2-7 And it is done. Pursuer Asanoyama kept up some pressure on the leader by storming through opponent Endo's semi-henka in the middle of the makuuchi proceedings, but Mitakeumi was unfazed and calmly waited for his opportunity before he marched Tochiozan out of the dohyo to clinch his first-ever top division title. Yutakayama's victory over ozeki Tochiozan was too little too late afterwards (though still impressive). Congrats to the champion! This marks 2018 as the first year since 2000 with more than one yusho won by rikishi ranked below ozeki. With perhaps more to come in Aki or Kyushu? Goeido was felled by KK-seeking sekiwake Ichinojo today, so the Mongolian giant is still in position to defend his rank, which few people probably expected back when he was 3-6. That would be bad news for Tamawashi who'd be stuck at komusubi after all, although with just 8 or 9 wins it would hardly be a major injustice. Day 14 saw him defeated by a very spirited Chiyotairyu. The bad news for Chiyotairyu is that he's out of the running for a komusubi slot himself anyway. He was going to be behind today's winner of the Ikioi-Takakeisho duel, in any case, and Takakeisho's victory in that matchup ensured that Chiyotairyu is also behind the loser, and then it became all academic with Ichinojo's 7th shiroboshi. Kaisei fell out of the race the old-fashioned way, with a loss of his own to rejuvenated Myogiryu. 7-7 Ichinojo S Mitakeumi 13-1 8-6 Tamawashi K Shohozan 3-11 (x) M1 8-6 Ikioi M2 M3 Takakeisho 9-5 (x) 8-6 Kaisei M4 M5 (x) 8-6 Endo M6 Chiyotairyu 9-5 (x) M7 M8 M9 Yutakayama 11-3 They've made the unusual decision to cancel one of the senshuraku high-ranker matchups, so it won't be the expeced sekiwake meeting between Ichinojo and Mitakeumi after all, but rather Mitakeumi against no-longer-pursuer Yutakayama and Ichinojo against Endo. It was a defensible decision at the moment of scheduling, IMHO, though it's been made to look a bit pointless by the Day 14 proceedings now. The participants of the two revised matches will be part of the traditional sanyaku soroibumi, along with ozeki Goeido and Takayasu who will conclude the basho with a more or less exciting 10th-win playoff. Takakeisho is the presumed frontrunner for the available komusubi slot, needing only a win of his own (vs. Asanoyama) or an Ikioi loss (vs. Kaisei). I've kept Yutakayama listed as a candidate as he could still do it purely by the numbers if he defeats Mitakeumi and the higher-ranked duo lose, but it would be highly unusual to give the promotion to somebody from that far below. Okinoumi was successful in the crucial demotion matchup with Arawashi today, so he won't be sent to juryo now, while Arawashi is in line to be dropped. He will have to win on Day 15 and hope for favourable results elsewhere to perhaps be allowed to stick around anyway. Ryuden achieved his kachikoshi against Sadanoumi, leaving nothing to chance or an unkind banzuke committee. Chiyoshoma is also secure in his top division slot after defeating Nishikigi, while Ishiura (loss to Daieisho) still has work to do on the final Sunday. Yoshikaze found a beatable opponent in Meisei at last, and although the numbers still call for another win, his very high position on the banzuke may favour him over Arawashi and Ishiura even if he ends the tournament at 1-14. We do still need to determine how many juryo rikishi will be making the trek up - Aminishiki won for the third day in a row and now has the chance to clinch a promotable record tomorrow. Daishoho earned kachikoshi today, his 7th in a row already, and is theoretically also still in the race for a lucky promotion, what with the possibility of up to 5 maegashira ending their basho with demotable scores. In practice it's probably more likely that they'd spare one of the would-be demotees, but we'll see if it matters at all. The remaining outside candidates all lost, which meant outright makekoshi for J2-ranked Daiamami and Takagenji, while Hidenoumi dropped to 7-7. The juryo yusho race also moved on to the final day after both leader Takanoiwa and pursuer Takanosho were again victorious. M5 Yoshikaze 1-13 (1) ... (o) 4-10 Chiyoshoma M8 ... M12 Arawashi 4-10 (~) M13 (x) 3-11 Kotoeko M14 Okinoumi 7-7 (o) (1) 6-8 Ishiura M15 Ryuden 8-6 (o) M16 Meisei 5-9 (x) J1 (x) 6-8 Daiamami J2 Takagenji 6-8 (x) (o) 10-4 Kotoyuki J3 Takanoiwa 13-1 (o) (o) 12-2 Takanosho J4 Aminishiki 9-5 (1) (~) 8-6 Daishoho J5 Hidenoumi 7-7 (x) The relevant demotion matchups: Ishiura is going against Chiyomaru (M10e 5-9, lost four of the last five), Arawashi faces Daieisho (M7w 6-8), and Yoshikaze has a tough upper-rank match with komusubi Shohozan. Kudos to the schedulers for their work in juryo, where they're deftly mixing-and-matching those who still have a lot riding on their sensuraku result: It's Takanoiwa vs. Kyokushuho (J6w 7-7), Takanosho vs. Tsurugisho (J7e 7-7), and Aminishiki vs. Mitoryu (J11w 7-7). And for good measure the remaining two 7-7 rikishi have been paired up as well, that's J5w Hidenoumi vs. J10w Terutsuyoshi. Sad news for Kiribayama today; his fairly decisive kuroboshi in juryo against Chiyonoumi sent him to makekoshi, so no sekitori debut for the young Mongolian. That outcome has further opened up the lines for possible low-ranker promotions, however, so a lot of rikishi will be on the edge for senshuraku. The Kizenryu last ditch survival quest moved on for another day, this time with victory over Seiro. Homarefuji and Churanoumi both lost, and their MKs are now getting large enough that they might even drop below the Ms1-Ms5 promotion zone for Aki, where they'd need a 7-0 or at least two tournaments to return to juryo. Enho finished his repromotion campaign at 5-2 after he was defeated in short order by Daiseido today. (x) kyujo Sokokurai J10 J11 J12 (~) 5-9 Kizenryu J13 (x) 3-11 Homarefuji J14 Churanoumi 4-10 (x) (o) 7-0 Hakuyozan Ms1 3-3 Gokushindo Ms2 Enho 5-2 (o) Ms3 Kiribayama 3-4 (x) Ms4 3-3 Jokoryu Ms5 Akua 4-2 Ms6 Irodori 4-2 Ms7 Toyonoshima 4-2 As expected they're playing off Gokushindo and Jokoryu for one kachikoshi. Gokushindo would certainly be promoted at 4-3, while the case would be less clear-cut for Jokoryu - victories for Akua and Kizenryu could well lead to just three exchanges, with Kizenryu sticking in juryo and Jokoryu left out. Anyway, Akua serves as the required filler for the juryo torikumi and meets Churanoumi with his juryo return on the line. (I'm not quite sure why they didn't put him against Kizenryu, but the dwindling number of available opponents for all the Kise-beya rikishi may be playing a role here. Kizenryu meets J7w Azumaryu 5-9 now.) Irodori may still have a small chance to get promoted if he wins his final match against Tamaki, and Kizenryu and Akua both lose. Toyonoshima is probably out of contention even with 5 wins + Irodori loss, as they would likely promote Akua at 4-3 instead. (Barring any sekitori retirements.)
  2. 3 points
    Just discovered - while checking out the rules - that we have now commenced the 11th year of this game. I really started it as a little tongue-in-cheek - I never expected it to last this long. This is mainly due to Klaus (Jakusotsu) looking after the game during each basho. Many thanks to Jakusotsu for looking after this game for the past fortnight. Many, many omedetous to Sakura for her 'Three-peat' with yushos. I don't think that has ever happened before with this game. Jakusotsu (Y1E 4-11) Y1 Kuroimori (Y1W 6-9) Gurowake (Y2E 10-5) Y2 YO Sakura (YO-W 10-5) Gernobono (O1E 5-10) O1 chishafuwaku (S1E 6-9) S1 shimodahito (S1W 1-13-1) Ryoshishokunin (K1E 5-8-2) K1 orandashoho (K1W 4-10-1)Andonishiki (M1E 6-8-1) M1 Tenshinhan (M1W 6-9) Atenzan (M2E Kosho) M2 Profomisakari (M2W 3-12)WAKATAKE (M3E 0-15) M3 Jejima (M3W 5-10) The Kyokai (M4E 0-15) M4 Mae-zumo Umizoi (mz 4-10-1) KK line: 5-10 OQ line: 7-8 Yusho: Sakura (YO-W 10-5) Jun-Yusho: Gurowake (Y2E 10-5) Shukunsho: Gurowake, Sakura, chishafuwaku, Tenshinhan Kantosho: Gurowake, Sakura Ginosho: chishafuwaku
  3. 3 points
    Day 14 14.1s M15w Ryuden (8-6) yorikiri M12e Sadanoumi (7-7) 05.5s M14w Okinoumi (7-7) yorikiri M12w Arawashi (4-10) 07.7s M16e Hokutofuji (10-4) tsukiotoshi M10e Chiyomaru (5-9) 04.1s M8e Chiyoshoma (4-10) abisetaoshi M10w Nishikigi (6-8) 02.5s M11e Aoiyama (8-6) hatakikomi M8w Kyokutaisei (5-9) 05.8s M11w Onosho (9-5) hikiotoshi M7e Takarafuji (6-8) 02.6s M7w Daieisho (6-8) hatakikomi M15e Ishiura (6-8) 03.2s M13w Asanoyama (11-3) oshidashi M6e Endo (8-6) 01.7s M5e Daishomaru (5-9) oshidashi M14e Kotoeko (3-11) 07.5s M5w Yoshikaze (1-13) yoritaoshi M16w Meisei (5-9) 04.2s M9e Myogiryu (9-5) sukuinage M4e Kaisei (8-6) 07.7s M3w Takakeisho (9-5) oshidashi M2e Ikioi (8-6) 05.1s M3e Abi (5-9) tsukidashi M1e Shodai (5-9) 06.4s M6w Chiyotairyu (9-5) yorikiri K1e Tamawashi (8-6) 09.3s M4w Kagayaki (6-8) oshidashi K1w Shohozan (3-11) 08.3s S1w Mitakeumi (13-1) yorikiri M13e Tochiozan (9-5) 08.6s S1e Ichinojo (7-7) hikiotoshi O1e Goeido (9-5) 03.3s M9w Yutakayama (11-3) oshidashi O1w Takayasu (9-5)
  4. 2 points
    YES! Jokoryu won! Akua and Iridori lost. 3 Juryo going down. Jokoryu is back in Juryo!!!!!!
  5. 2 points
    An Ozeki that can get 10 wins in 95% of tournaments usually is called a Yokozuna. Might take a while in some cases (Kisenosato, Musashimaru), but that's what'll happen if they keep at it.
  6. 2 points
    13-1: Mitakeumi 11-3: Asanoyama, Yutakayama 10-4: Hokotofuji 9-5: Onosho, Takakeisho This is the current basho but it is also the future. Get used to seeing something like this at the top of the leaderboard over the next few years (hopefully Shodai can sort him self out and join these guys)
  7. 2 points
    Yoshikaze's shisho Oguruma oyakata gave us some insight as to Yoshikaze's condition since he was in the announcer's box for day 14. Yoshikaze does have an injury which he asked Oguruma not to disclose, and has kept telling Oguruma he will gambarize to the end. As Yoshikaze won, the NHK announcer made the comment that the crowd was cheering as if Yoshikaze had won the yusho. After the match he mentioned how touched he was by the crowds cheering for him no matter how bleak it looked for him, and he was also grateful to Oguruma and the okami san for their encouragement.
  8. 2 points
    Just ran into this thread. To clarify, apparently the Futagodake-Mienoumi video linked above is heavily cut. According to Atsuo Tsubota's site (one of the more prominent places of info in the "old days"), the match did in fact go through the usual "first restart from same position, second restart from tachiai" progression, and lasted a total of 12 minutes 59 seconds before they abandoned it as a draw.
  9. 2 points
    Asian Sumo Championships Men's lightweight champion: Munkhbayar Galbadrakh (Mongolia) Men's middleweight champion: Miwa Hayato (Japan, Nittaidai grad, runner-up at the 2017 All-Japan tournament) Men's heavyweight champion: Seira Shiroyama (Toyo 3rd-year, 2017 Kokutai champion and 2-time high school yokozuna) Men's openweight champion: Tomohiro Saigo (Nichidai grad, 2016 Kokutai champion and 2017 amateur yokozuna) The openweight winner is incorrectly listed on-screen as a competitor from Hong Kong. And, not to belabour a negative point, but so many of the competitors look clueless. The toughest amateur competitions in the world are by far the Japanese national ones, just vastly more depth to the competition in those.
  10. 1 point
    Again a call for new members to join the pic-posting team - nobody is doing this yusho day yet Mitakeumi in the morning at Dewanoumi-beya o o o o o oo o o o o dohyo-iri - juryo o o o o makuuchi o o o o o M9w Yutakayama (11-3) oshidashi O1w Takayasu (9-5) o o o o o S1e Ichinojo (7-7) hikiotoshi O1e Goeido (9-5) oo S1w Mitakeumi (13-1) yorikiri M13e Tochiozan (9-5) oo ooo oo ooo oo oo oo oo o o o oo o o o o o o o oooo oo oo oo o oooo o oo oo o oo oo oo o oooo o --- Mitakeumi yusho--- mum with other supporters at home oo o o oo o o back to the heya oo o o o oo ooo o o o o o oo o with Dewanoumi-oyakata ooooooo o with the heya's Takasaki-oyakata ooo with his friend the fish oooo oo oo o o o oo o o o o o o o o ooo o --- Raiden -- o M4w Kagayaki (6-8) oshidashi K1w Shohozan (3-11) o M6w Chiyotairyu (9-5) yorikiri K1e Tamawashi (8-6) o M3e Abi (5-9) tsukidashi M1e Shodai (5-9) o M3w Takakeisho (9-5) oshidashi M2e Ikioi (8-6) o M9e Myogiryu (9-5) sukuinage M4e Kaisei (8-6) o M5w Yoshikaze (1-13) yoritaoshi M16w Meisei (5-9) o o o o o o M5e Daishomaru (5-9) oshidashi M14e Kotoeko (3-11) o M13w Asanoyama (11-3) oshidashi M6e Endo (8-6) o o o o o o o M7w Daieisho (6-8) hatakikomi M15e Ishiura (6-8) o M11w Onosho (9-5) hikiotoshi M7e Takarafuji (6-8) o M11e Aoiyama (8-6) hatakikomi M8w Kyokutaisei (5-9) o M8e Chiyoshoma (4-10) abisetaoshi M10w Nishikigi (6-8) o M16e Hokutofuji (10-4) tsukiotoshi M10e Chiyomaru (5-9) o M14w Okinoumi (7-7) yorikiri M12w Arawashi (4-10) o M15w Ryuden (8-6) yorikiri M12e Sadanoumi (7-7) o o J1w Akiseyama (6-8) yorikiri J7e Tsurugisho (7-7) o J1e Takekaze (4-10) hikiotoshi J14w Churanoumi (4-10) o J10w Terutsuyoshi (7-7) oshidashi J2w Takagenji (6-8) o J11e Chiyonoo (8-6) yorikiri J2e Daiamami (6-8) o J3w Takanoiwa (13-1) hatakikomi J11w Mitoryu (7-7) o o J3e Kotoyuki (10-4) hatakikomi J13w Tobizaru (8-6) o Ms40e Kiseoka (4-3) oshidashi Ms42w Oki (3-4) o Ms36w Asahiryu (4-3) uwatenage Ms33e Musashikuni (3-4) o Ms22e Nionoumi (4-3) oshidashi Ms21e Ryusei (3-4) o Ms19e Kotokamatani (4-3) yorikiri Ms20w Takakento (3-4) o Sd94w Wakaichiro (4-3) oshidashi Sd99e Fudano (3-4) o Sd65w Tochimaru (6-1) oshidashi Sd76e Hokutoshu (5-2) o Jd64e Chiyotaiho (6-1) isamiashi Jd74w Fukazawa (5-2) o Jd35e Orora (4-3) abisetaoshi Jd33w Isenohana (3-4) o Jd24e Tokikaze (4-3) yoritaoshi Jd22e Ezuka (3-4) o Jk31w Shiimori (3-4) yoritaoshi Jk32w Oju (2-5) o Jd105w Harimanada (6-1) oshidashi Jd106e Terunosato (5-2) o Jd93w Ayaminato (6-1) yorikiri Jd100w Sakura (5-2) o Jd71e Daishosei (6-1) oshidashi Jd77e Amamisho (5-2) o Sd50w Naya (6-1) oshidashi Sd41e Hitenryu (5-2) oo o
  11. 1 point
    This gives Okinoumi his 8th win!
  12. 1 point
    Wow!!! I think this is my second 21 yusho in the last 11 years. It could become a habit.
  13. 1 point
    Yutakayama shukun-sho makes no sense to me. The yusho is decided, so beating the yusho winner is of little (added) worth. Mitakeumi SG, Yutakayama K, Asanoyama K would be my guess.
  14. 1 point
    Hi Joao, Thanks for the alert. I just checked your submittal for Day 14. There is really an error (too much party yesterday). Good news: Your pick is NOT Meisei. Bad news, but not so bad: your pick is Kagayaki (18 points) not Asanoyama. I'll add 18 points to your final score. Sorry for the error. Here is your submittal: COMPLETE Collector: Web Link 1 (Web Link) Started: Friday, July 20, 2018 8:58:41 PM Last Modified: Friday, July 20, 2018 9:01:16 PM Time Spent: 00:02:35 Page 1: TUG Torikumi - Day 14 Q1 Your Shikona Joaoiyama Q2 Day 14 Picks 18 -- Kagayaki (vs. Shohozan) Q3 Day 14 BACK-UP picks 36 -- Yutakayama (vs. Takayasu)
  15. 1 point
    Tochinoshin M1e 4-11 M6w 9-6 M3w 14-1 Y S1w 10-5 S1e 13-2 J Mitakeumi S1e 9-6 S1e 8-7 S1e 7-8 K1e 9-6 S1w 13-2/14-1 Y If Mitakeumi gets 12+ wins next basho, it will be hard not to promote him, even with 11, if he gets no. 14 tomorrow. 33 straight wins from sanyaku is what they say and he is in sanyaku permanently since 2017.03. He became komusubi for he first time, dropped to M1w, had a strong comeback and never looked back since then. Yes, no meetups with yokozuna this basho, but his other bouts show he is ready. His main problem were the maegashira he lost to, but this basho he handled them easily, like a Y/O should do. His skills improve rapidly, especially his belt sumo. And i think this is the key. The more "complete" he gets, the closer the top-end of the bazuke gets. This man has 4 MK (one due to injury) since entering makuuchi, opposed to 13 KK. Over his career it is 17-4 in favor of the KK. He IS the future. Barring injury, ozeki in november, yokozuna latest early 2020.
  16. 1 point
    The Kyokai has confirmed the full schedule for this jungyo - 24 events in total. October 3rd - Ota ward, Tokyo October 4th - Ota, Gunma October 5th - Ashikaga, Tochigi October 6th - Saitama, Saitama October 7th - Chiba, Chiba October 8th - Minamiashigara, Kanagawa October 9th - Higashiizu, Shizuoka October 10th - Kofu, Yamanashi October 11th - Kasugai, Aichi October 12th - Yokkaichi, Mie October 13th - Toyota, Aichi October 14th - Kanazawa, Ishikawa October 16th - Izumisano, Osaka October 17th - Kyoto, Kyoto October 18th - Ikeda, Osaka October 19th - Kurayoshi, Tottori October 20th - Soja, Okayama October 21st - Takamatsu, Kagawa October 23rd - Anan, Tokushima October 24th - Kochi, Kochi October 25th - Matsuyama, Ehime October 26th - Kure, Hiroshima October 27th - Hiroshima, Hiroshima October 28th - Shunan, Yamaguchi
  17. 1 point
    I don't see how someone who has 22 wins in sanyaku in the last two tournaments, including a Yusho, is not on an Ozeki run. Especially given that he's been in sanyaku quite a while - over a year. Not as long as Goeido before his promotion, but he's still consistently been able to get at least 8 wins with the exception of one 7-win tournament, much like Goeido was (and after Goeido's 2 7-win tournaments he even was lucky enough to not be demoted). 9 KKs out of the last ten tournaments, all in the joi, with 11 wins at M1 the one time not in sanyaku. Yes, he obviously needs double digits wins next basho, and probably needs at least 11 counting his last bout this tournament, but to not say emphatically that he's up for promotion is ludicrous. Unless they're talking about promoting him after this basho, which seems equally crazy. If all the top-ranked rikishi complete next tournament he'll have to do well just to get a KK, IMO. (Of course, they probably won't - I can imagine Takayasu and/or Goeido just sitting out and resting, and Kisenosato probably won't manage to finish)
  18. 1 point
    The game is finished. The decision was made with the last Torikumi. It says that on Senshuraku are no more bouts from Aojima's list. Five bouts did not take place and were X bouts. Seven players voted X picks for these bouts, Asojima, Tsubane and Flohru each two. So we have the following Final Result Table: Rk Player Pts TB 1 Asojima 12 124 2 Tsubame 9 65 3 Raeucherlax 9 94 4 Benihana 9 109 5 Wakatake 8 77 6 Gurowake 8 86 7 Flohru 8 91 8 Holleshoryu 8 91 9 Terarno 8 92 10 Chisaiyama 8 96 11 Tenshinhan 8 103 12 Chishafuwaku 8 108 13 Sakura 7 79 14 Tochinofuji 7 86 15 ScreechingOwl 7 88 16 Kuroimori 6 60 17 Inhashi 6 69 18 Susanoo 6 88 19 Mmikasazuma 5 56 20 Shimodahito 5 58 21 Shatsume 5 73 22 Fujisan 5 79 23 Profomisakari 4 53 24 Pandaazuma 4 57 25 Chankomafuji 4 60 As we see we have finally a very clear winner: Great Congratulations, A s o j i m a ! Tsubame jumped with his two X points to place 2 before Raeucherlax and Benihana. The places nearly the red lamp are as yesterday. It’s a pity! But it is a game! Let us you all invite for a fine 21 game in September Profomisakari
  19. 1 point
    Final results: Both leaders had the right idea for Senshuraku, and due to tie-breakers (for getting Takarafuji right on day 13) Shin-Yokozuna Sakura wins her back-to-back-to-back yusho - outstanding! Personally I found this basho quite hard to predict (and will reflect deeply in my corner of yokozuna shame), but at least we managed to keep The Kyokai at bay for the first time since Aki 2016! Sakura (10-5) Gurowake (10-5) kuroimori (6-9) chishafuwaku (6-9) Tenshinhan (6-9) Andonishiki (6-8-1) Gernobono (5-10) Jejima (5-10) Ryoshishokunin (5-8-2) Jakusotsu (4-11) orandashoho (4-10-1) Umizoi (4-10-1) Profomisakari (3-12) shimodahito (1-13-1) WAKATAKE (0-15) The Kyokai (0-15) Atenzan (kosho) Takakeisho's aites: 1. Kaisei, 2. Kagayaki, 3. Mitakeumi, 4. Daishomaru, 5. Tamawashi (Takayasu), 6. Takayasu, 7. Goeido, 8. Ichinojo, 9. Yoshikaze, 10. Abi, 11. Endo, 12. Chiyotairyu, 13. Takarafuji, 14. Ikioi, 15. Asanoyama Yusho: Sakura (10-5) Shukunsho: Gurowake 3 Sakura 3 chishafuwaku 3 Tenshinhan 3 Kantosho: Gurowake 2 Sakura 2 Jejima 3 Gernobono 4 chishafuwaku 4 Andonishiki 4 Ginosho: chishafuwaku 6 Sakura 3 Jejima 3 Jakusotsu 2 Gurowake 2 Gernobono 1 shimodahito 1 orandashoho 1
  20. 1 point
    Mitakeumi makes good on his potential. He'd best to get his emotion in check and win another bout tomorrow. That can make or break his promotion to Ozeki after the next basho. Don't be too harsh on Goedio or Takayasu. They are sticking out until the end, injury or not, kachikosh or not. I don't think Takayasu was 100% and Goeido has been his usual overachieving self. He does not have the size like other Ozeki or Yokozuna but has one yusho under his belt and 4 year run on Ozekiship.
  21. 1 point
    Wakaichiro won and got his KK, 4-3. Congrats to him!
  22. 1 point
    Clarification-this will not include sekitori. Only Makushita and under rikishi, gyoji and other Kyokai members underage. Additionally, minors who are local boys at a given jungyo and asked to join by the promoters will need their Oyakata's express permission in order to join the jungyo . No date of expiration for the new regulations.
  23. 1 point
    Why do you want to turn the ozeki rank into a similar revolving door as sekiwake and komusubi? All that would do is devalue the rank with even more mediocrity than what we have now, and that seems to get many fans annoyed as it is. Anyway... People see the 33-wins guideline for promotion, and they seem to think that's close to what ozeki should be doing all the time simply because it's required to get there. But it's not, it just isn't.. As mentioned before, the average ozeki gets maybe 28 wins across three tournaments, a world of difference to 33. But they can't just promote every sekiwake who happens to get a 9-6, 10-5, 9-6 run going, because it's likely that that's above the guy's average level if he hasn't been doing it before, and after returning to his average performance he'll be someone who struggles to get 8 wins consistently. So the 33-wins target exists to catch those above-average performances, as an indicator for who can (hopefully) be trusted to still get those 28 wins after they return to their normal level. If they wanted only ozeki who will get 10-11 wins in nearly every basho, they'd need to apply something close to the yokozuna promotion standard to ozeki promotions, let's say around 26 wins in two basho or 36 in three. But you'll be running into a bit of a logistical problem with that in the long run, unless you're also planning to make the yokozuna rank exclusive to only rikishi who have the potential for winning 15+ yusho. Alternatively they could do the revolving door thing, which would probably have made Goeido a three- or four-time ozeki by now. (Likely including at least once long before he made it in the real world.) I'd be curious to know who actually thinks that that would be an improvement.
  24. 1 point
    It is amazing that no one has mentioned that Endo got a "pretty boy" torinaoshi decision after he used his dead body to drag his heel across 1/3 part of the dohyo.
  25. 1 point
    Part two of Miki-san's feature on Futabayama's family, and their devotion to the temple built by the Yokozuna in Fukuoka. http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004555099