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    Wakaichiro has retired

    Sokokurai and Hakuho still count as foreigners in this instance.
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    Basho highlights videos - Hatsu 2020

    How did he monetize the channel?
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    Sumo myths

    I dunno, I watched every episode of Channel 4's sumo broadcasts multiple times and don't recall anything about testicles. I mean I know it was late night Channel 4 but...
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    Sumo myths

    Oh yes, former poster Jakusotsu… whatever happened to them?
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    Rikishi Physical Exams 2020

    Unlikely to happen, sadly. It doesn't appear to have been done since 2013.
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    Goeido is now Takekuma Oyakata - I guess this explains ex-Zaonishiki leaving his consultant role 3 years early back in September?
  7. Most shared, and second most viewed story (after live coverage of the coronavirus) on The Guardian's US site right now.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    A Yokozuna-ozeki is just for banzuke purposes, everything else is unchanged.
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    Goeido to Retire

    The news report translated by Kaninoyama says, "Intai will be formally determined once procedures, such as Toshiyori Eligibility, have been completed. " Maybe they are trying to find a kabu for him. He has not previously been reported as owning a kabu. But yes, as an ex-ozeki he can be Goeido Oyakata for three years.
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    Goeido to Retire

    I'm not going to hold it against any ex-ozeki who wants to prolong their career by carrying on as a maegashira, but personally I'm glad to see him take the traditional route and go out at the top. He is in the all-time Top 10 for longest-serving ozeki and of course he'll always have that zensho-yusho. A fine career.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Don’t forget, there will be only one ozeki next basho. The standards are loosened in such cases.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    Nishikigi is the only rikishi with an overwhelming case for promotion and Kotoeko is the only one who has to be demoted by the numbers, so a one-up and one-down, while unusual, might be the simplest solution.
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    Sansho for Hatsu 2020

    Kaisei, the only one to beat Tokushouryuu this basho: "Don't I get some prize for being the only one to beat the yusho guy?"
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    Arawashi intai

    I always find it interesting when they are asked what their most memorable bout is. In Arawashi's case it wasn't any of his three kinboshi - he said it was his Day 14 win over Tamaasuka in January 2014 , because that gave him his first kachi-koshi as a sekitori.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    You could be right there - the last ozeki to retire at the rank was Kaio in 2011. All the others demoted since have had a go at the 10-5 comeback, although Kotooshu only lasted one tournament after he failed to be re-promoted.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Could be seeing both Kotoshogiku and Goeido retire this basho.
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    Terunofuji Watch

    Terunofuji's comeback?
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    “I am done with trying to win by fiddling around and thinking of many ways....No matter how puny my physique is, I will hit straight and push an opponent. I will win with the force of mind.” http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ202001170046.html
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Yes, zero wins would have seen him demoted to juryo, as we saw with Tomokaze. One or two and he might be ok. I'm sure that's the only reason he entered.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    What happened to Meisei? He appears to have his entire left arm bandaged. I hope that is not a long term injury.
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    Sumo obituaries

    Professional wrestler Kazuo Sakurada who died on January 12 aged 71 was formerly a rikishi with the Tatsunami stable who reached makushita 13. His final shikona is given as Midorimine at Sumo Reference and "Suiran" on Wikipedia (maybe someone who can read kanji could explain the completely different readings here).
  22. This thread is supposed to be for articles written by forum members like John Gunning, or otherwise interesting articles by journalists. It's not really meant for routine basho reports.
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    Basho highlights videos - Hatsu 2020

    Were the last two matches shown out of sequence? I thought Kakuryu’s fusensho would have occurred before Takakeisho’s match as it is considered inauspicious to end the day with a default.
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    Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Hatsu 2020

    1. Kotoshoho MK 2. Abi MK 3. Kotonowaka KK 4. Roga KK 5. Terunofuji KK 6. Yamatoarashi MK 7. Amakaze KK 8. Suzuki KK 9. Daikisho KK 10. Kotosusumu MK 11. Ayakaze MK 12. Yutakayama KK 13. Akua MK TB :15
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    Updates on Wakatakakage's injury?

    Generally there's not too much news around about juryo rikishi as the press tends to just focus on the makuuchi guys as far as I can tell. The diagnosis for his ankle injury was 1 month recovery time, and he skipped the winter jungyo so hopefully he's fit to enter by now.