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  1. skycruiser

    Haru basho IS canceled!

    Canceling the basho is not about solving the problem. It's an acknowledgement that you can't have a basho until the problem is solved. IMO, unfortunately, I don't think they will solve this problem the way Hanaregoma wants it. That is 100%. Get real, you can't totally get rid of Yaocho, in Sumo or anything else for that matter. Welcome to the real life! :-)
  2. skycruiser

    Haru basho IS canceled!

    Looks like it's cancelled, From Kyodo news: Sumo in crisis as JSA axes spring tourney National sport sent reeling by bout-fixing scandal Kyodo News The Japan Sumo Association has decided to cancel the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament over the match-fixing scandal that has plunged the sport into what may be its biggest crisis ever, sources said Saturday. The 15-day tournament in Osaka was scheduled to start March 13. The association planned to formally announce the decision at an emergency board meeting Sunday, the sources said. "If we go ahead with the tournament in the current circumstances, it will just create more turmoil and trouble for everyone," a JSA board member said. "The JSA executives made the call. Even the summer tournament could be in doubt depending on the outcome of the investigations." It would be the first time ever that the sport's governing body has canceled a tournament over a scandal. The summer 1946 meet was scrapped, but that was due to a delay in renovation work at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena in Tokyo. Before the association reached its decision, voices were split among its executives over how fast they should respond to the bout-fixing scandal. Facing reporters earlier Saturday, board member Tomozuna said a decision on whether to cancel the tournament was unlikely to be reached at Sunday's extraordinary board meeting. "We need to think about this once we have the results of the investigation," Tomozuna said. "I can't really say anything at this stage. I doubt a conclusion will be reached." On Friday, association Chairman Hanaregoma said the tourney could be scrapped because of the scandal, which has angered politicians and triggered a public outcry. "We'd like to go ahead with the tournament but we have to think about whether we can do that without the forgiveness of sumo fans," Hanaregoma said at his news conference. In the wake of the scandal, the association postponed ticket sales for the spring "basho," or tournament, because the ongoing investigation into the 14 wrestlers and elders allegedly involved in the bout-rigging is taking longer than expected. Tickets were originally scheduled to go on sale Sunday. An independent special investigative panel that was supposed to finish the questioning Saturday has said it may take longer to get the whole picture than just one round of hearings with the 14 involved. The panel has also decided to ask the people in question to voluntarily turn in their cell phones and bank books for further investigation. It has been asked to report its findings to the sumo association's executive committee this weekend. Juryo wrestler Chiyohakuho, one of the grapplers who have admitted to fixing matches in major sumo tournaments, offered to quit the sport Thursday, while Chiyohakuho, Enatsukasa and sumo elder Takenawa have all admitted to involvement in bout-rigging. Meanwhile, a regional summer tournament in Akita Prefecture scheduled for Aug. 8 has been canceled, meet organizers said Saturday. NHK has already canceled its annual Fukushi Ozumo charity event scheduled for Friday and was also considering scrapping live coverage of the spring tournament. News of the scandal broke Wednesday, when police officers involved in investigating illegal gambling on professional baseball in sumo circles last year discovered a number of cell phone text messages implying sumo bouts had been thrown. Thirteen people were initially implicated in the scandal, although further probes carried out by the association revealed that a 14th person may have taken part. Match-rigging claims are nothing new in sumo, but until now there had never been any public confessions by active wrestlers. In 2000, Keisuke Itai, a former komusubi who wrestled under the name Itai, said he had been involved in rigging bouts during his 12-year career that lasted from 1978 to 1991, which he said coincided with "the worst period for match-fixing in the history of sumo." Itai, who had made his allegations public in a series of interviews in the tabloid magazine Shukan Gendai, said, "From 1984 to 1991, sometimes as few as two bouts out of 30 were legitimate." In 1996, Itai's former stablemaster, Onaruto, famously opened a can of worms by alleging in the Shukan Post magazine that sumo, a centuries-old sport steeped in tradition and an almost feudalistic moral code, was rife with fixed bouts, tax evasion, underworld connections, drugs and orgies. At the time, the JSA dismissed the accusations as "scurrilous lies," but the plot thickened when Onaruto and another sumo insider, who had also contributed to the magazine article, died within hours of each other on April 14, 1996.
  3. skycruiser

    Ms. Uchidate-Alive and kicking

    FWIW, I went to the Fukuoka Basho last month for 10 days and was able to seat everyday in some masuseki "A" seats, with 2,000 Yen tickets. Although I had to move somewhat, nobody ever asked to see my ticket. I met with several staff of the Fukuoka Kokusai Center and although they knew I was not seating where I was supposed to, they never brought up the subject and let me seat in an empty seat! Actually, everyday, I noticed several Japanese people doing the same thing, moving from seat to seat. The only time this was brought up was at the entrance, with the Oyakata checking the tickets, they would mentioned that the seat was on the 3rd floor. No usher looked at my ticket or took me there. May be it will be different in Tokyo in January!
  4. skycruiser

    Mihogaseki driver cautioned

    hmmm that picture in the first post is not Koriyama, he is a friend of mine because he hangs out with Baruto...... Here is the video... I am not sure how long it will stay on Youtube!
  5. skycruiser

    Top 10 Rikishi to Challenge Hakuho?

    I saw it live. Here is my version of the bout. Sorry about the shaking! The sound at the Kokusai Center went up a few notches after Kisenosato's win! Anyone going there for day 3 and 4? Skycruiser 090-6349-9038
  6. skycruiser

    Top 10 Rikishi to Challenge Hakuho?

    Well Tochinoshin tried a henka on day one (In a state of confusion...) that did not fool Hak. On, on to 70!
  7. skycruiser

    New rules in the Kogugikan

    He is there, but he lost his top hat, but still with his golden fan. Or maybe, they made him remove it!
  8. skycruiser

    Aminishiki-the spirit of Sumo

    And then compare this with the way Aran won on day 12! (In jonokuchi...) And he has been doing this for quite a while. What a looser! What's your definition of "looser"? Is it anything like "loser"? If so, then Aminishiki is makekoshi, and falling down the banzuke, while the only question about Aran is whether he will be promoted to komusubi or sekiwake. So if "looser" means "winner", then I agree! :-) "Looser: Idiotic way of spelling "loser". Most often used by teens and adults with no more than a 2nd grade grammar level." That's me... Yes, I meant "loser". In my opinion, Aran sumo is not worthy of "sanhyaku"!
  9. skycruiser

    Aminishiki-the spirit of Sumo

    And then compare this with the way Aran won on day 12! (In jonokuchi...) Sorry, I meant Day 13, Friday's Henka day...
  10. skycruiser

    Aminishiki-the spirit of Sumo

    And then compare this with the way Aran won on day 12! (In jonokuchi...) And he has been doing this for quite a while. What a looser! I hope it's not lost on the banzuke makers!
  11. skycruiser

    Gambling Scandal: Hidden Background

    A story being denied by the police themselves. Sorry, just reported a clip from the police, on the MinoMonta show, about an hour ago, saying that some confiscated keitais had links with the yakuza. I am not sure which report is the latest!
  12. skycruiser

    Gambling Scandal: Hidden Background

    In this morning news, the police acknowledge that they found direct links with the Yakuza in some phones that they confiscated earlier, from several heyas. However, they did not name the owners of these keitai, yet!
  13. skycruiser

    2nd komusubi slot

    I'm not disagreeing with you at all, but I do see a lot of potential with Aran as well. He's got a good build and a lot of strength, but his tactics and technique leave a lot to be desire certainly. Give him a year or two to get smarter (Sign of disapproval...) . His sumo already looks significantly better from his makuuchi debut basho. The next basho should be a good experience for him, despite the guaranteed asskicking he will receive heh. Regarding Aran's experience, he started Maezumo just a couple years ago (Jan 07). So I should cut him some slack. The jury is still out!
  14. skycruiser

    2nd komusubi slot

    I'll go with Kotoshogiku as well. As for Aran, not this time, not next time! He is going to get his butt kicked next basho, fighting upper rankers. His sumo sucks!