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  1. "(Goeido) is also the only ozeki since Tochiazuma to retire at the rank without having been dismissed or demoted." I suppose that's true if you go by the order in which the ozeki were promoted, but of course Kaio, who was promoted before Tochiazuma, retired four years after him at the ozeki rank without facing demotion.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- November 2020

    The rules are very clear - you have to have Japanese citizenship to become an elder. If Kakuryu retires before that happens, he's out and won't be able to come back.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- November 2020

    I'm sure there'll be at least one more abortive comeback attempt before he succumbs to the inevitable.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I understand Giku wanting a full arena for a danpatsu-shiki, but he doesn't have to remain active for that. He could retire and just postpone it. Time was it was (almost) unthinkable for a former ozeki to compete in juryo, but that seems to have gone now. I don't think he has any chance of getting back in makuuchi even if this latest injury heals.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I think the point you're missing is that the third tournament in an ozeki run is supposed to the culmination of three very good performances. A 9-6 would be a collapse, a choke. It would negate the two previous performances. Whether someone would be promoted before with the 15-15 is a separate question - they may well do - but I think a 9-6 in any circumstances would be a back to square one situation.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    If Shodai is denied after this tournament double digits in November is absolutely essential. It's inconceivable to win ozeki promotion with a 9-6.
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    How many have relatives in sumo?

    There have been foreign born brothers too - Roho and Hakurozan from Russia both reached makuuchi. Kyokutenho had a younger brother, Fudoyama, who didn't reach the sekitori ranks.
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    Rikishi Status - 2020 Aki Basho

    I'm sure it was unintended. But I'm not sure how much sway Sadogakake oyakata has in this situation. It's a lot easier to tell a 24 year old in their fourth makuuchi basho what to do than a 36 year old ex-ozeki.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    It's a great story but I always have a nagging feeling that his knees will deteriorate again and he'll start to fall back again. Hopefully I'm wrong and the surgery actually fixed the problem.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    My initial impression was that the gyoji was correct, and it looks on the replay that Shodai did just stay in bounds, but it was marginal. I think a torinaoshi was a reasonable decision - nothing suspicious about it.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    It was in late 1991 that it was introduced. I remember Musashimaru, who had just entered makuuchi at the time, saying he had to pay 100,000 yen.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    It never applied to the lower divisions, I think it was just makuuchi but it might have been juryo too. They initially solved the problem of who was really to blame by fining BOTH rikishi, but after some complaints that it was unfair they changed it to only fine the rikishi who was called back. It's no longer in use.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I don't think Hakuho's ever started out 0-3. Asanoyama was probably releasing some built-up tension/frustration.
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    Rare occurence in Jonidan

    That's the trouble with these rookie gyoji. If he'd just shouted "Hakkeyoi!" like he was supposed to they would have put some spirit into it and finished the match.
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    Trivia bits

    We're doing top 5 only? I think it's Tachiyama, Harumafuji, Haguroyama, Tamanoumi.
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    Number of Sekitori per Heya

    At its peak in the mid 90s the Futagoyama beya had 10 sekitori from around 50 rikishi in total. That was as a result of its merger with the Fujishima beya.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    Yeah, nice try Takakeisho - the average weight of a cell phone is 137 grams or 4.8 ounces. What else did he supposedly have in his pockets...
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    First sumo documentary film

    I tried to search for the film in English and all that came up was the 1992 film Sumo Do, Sumo Don't. Rather confusing that the titles are so similar...
  19. Yeah, Takasago beya is effectively Wakamatsu beya under a different name so I would expect ex-Asanowaka, as the current Takasago's guy, to take over.
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    Kimarite Statistics - July 2020

    Wakanohana III left the Kyokai a long time ago.
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    Top 10 Sumo Records July 2020

    It took Tamawashi 77 career tournaments, not 101. He has only 98 career tournaments as of today.
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    Corona and sumo

    They DID shut the whole thing down after the first day. The first day of the tournament as a whole, that is. They were spectators for Day 1, because the tournament was one of the few selected sporting events to trial limited spectators - then the government changed their minds.
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    Rikishi "generations"

    I was trying to read Kitaharima's Japanese Wikipedia article through Google Translate and it seems that he's part of a group of rikishi born in the period April 1986 to April 1987 (Showa 61), that also includes Kisenosato, Goeido and Myogiryu. This group even has it's own Japanese Wikipedia article ("Flower of... " what?) I wondered how common this kind of grouping is, the reasons for it and if it happens in any other context in Japan.
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    Rikishi "generations"

    I just found it interesting that they're grouped by birth year, as I'd previously assumed they only went by hatsu dohyo, like the famous Class of Haru 1988. Goeido went to high school so made his debut nearly three years after Kisenosato and Kitaharima.