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    July basho?

    I don't believe that keeping the audience down to 2500, or even less, is a good idea. The NSK proved in March that a basho could be successful with no audience in attendance. I think it will be much safer to hold it once again behind closed doors.
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    July basho?

    The Australian Football League has once again started its schedule of games with no audience in attendance. The NHK may want to emulate the way it's being broadcast. Appropriate crowd background noise is heard and when a goal is scored, the volume of that noise increases and then recedes as play continues. Only when you see a totally empty stadium do you realize that the sound was artificial. If the Aussies can make non-attendance seem like a large crowd, I'm sure the people at NHK can do something similar with sumo--if they care to. On the other hand, the virtually silent sumo broadcasts in Osaka were kind of fascinating. It could be that they may decide to continue broadcasting without any imitation crowd noise at all.
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    This topic does not concern opinions as to who is the best yokozuna. It only asks for opinions as to who is one's favorite yokozuna. To me, the best yokozuna ever is Hakuho. No one is even close. But because his promotion to yokozuna started relatively late in his career, because he attained so much success after that promotion, and because he was a small rikishi with such great athleticism, my favorite is still Chiyonofuji.
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    When Is A Rikishi’s Prime?

    A rikishi's physical peak is an individual matter. Age alone may not be a good inicator of it. Physical condition, lack of injury, and pure talent have much to do with it. Many rikishis are past their prime at age 30. But there are exceptions--some of them extreme. Kokutenho won his first and only yusho at age 37. Hakuho is considered to be past his prime at age 35, but he's still far better than anyone else. He won his 44th yusho in Osaka. I guess the best example of a rikishi becoming successful later in his career is Chiyonofuji. He won his first yusho at age 25--supposedly close to the prime suggested in the above post. He then happened to win 30 more in the next nine years. There are other rikishis such as Aminishiki who while not exactly being in their prime years, have still gone on to have very respectable careers well past so-called "retirement age".
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    Smallest Rikishi?

    Ishinriki, who reached Juryo 1 in 1989 and retired in 1991, was 175 cm (5 feet 9 inches) tall and weighed 85 kg (187 lb). He was three inches taller than Enho but weighed far less than Enho's 98/99 kg. Despite his very small size, he had a career record of approximately 20 more wins than losses. There may have been smaller rikishis but I doubt if any of them came close to reaching the rank of Juryo 1. This is a video of him putting up a very good performance against Takahanada who later became yokozuna Takanohana.
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    He didn't win his first yusho until well into his career and then went on to win thirty more. Considering that he was the most athletic rikishi I ever saw, I agree completely wth that statment.
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    Corona and sumo

    I received my copy a couple of days ago and the Natsu basho was listed as beginning on Sunday 5/24, as currently scheduled. It probably wll be canceled, but the current TV Japan scheduling seems to be correct, at least as of this moment.
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    General Corona Banter

    The Profeesional Golfers Association is the first major sports group to announce the return of "normal"s scheduling--sort of. Beginning on June 11th, four connsecutive tournaments will be played, all without attendance by fans. After those four, determinations will be made concering future tournaments. Golf is the ideal sport to return to normalcy. The area of play is huge and players can keep a safe distance away from each other. Compared to sumo and other sports where the athletes are in contact with each other before large crowds of people seated close together, this seems like a very wise and safe decision. https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/pga-tour-schedule-season-to-return-in-june-with-no-fans-at-first-four-events-six-majors-in-2020-21/
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    Corona and sumo

    These are my thoughts reagrding the chances of upcoming bashos being held (either with or without audience participation). They are just personal observations and I'm sure there will be at least some disagreement with them. Natsu: Cancelled. I doubt if anyone believes that this will go on as scheduled.. Nagoya: Possible but still extremely doubtful. Aki: First chance at return to normal. If there are no Covid positives among rikishis, maybe another basho without an audience? Kyushu-: This is when I believe ozumo as we know it will be back.. However, depending on how much control of the pandemic there may be at that time, I may be overly optimistic.
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    Corona and sumo

    The Haru basho was completed with absolutely no evidence of coronavirus among anyone connected to professional sumo . Out of such a large population being in such close quarters, I found that fact to be amazing---and also very fortunate. I fully expected the basho to be suspended at some point, but it was successfully completed. The chances of this situation happening again in May are remote at best. Sooner or later, someone related to sumo will test positive for the virus.They may not actually be ill, but even with a state of emergency no longer in effect, that fact alone will be enough to cancel the basho. I believe the same situation will be true for Nagoya as well. With luck, the Aki basho could possibly be held, with or without audience participation. I believe the best chance of watching a "normal" basho again will be in Fukuoka in November. The bad news--we probably will be without professional sumo for quite a long time. The good news--such a long break could be a blessing for injured rikishis such as Takayasu and Tochnoshin, providing them a much longer time in which to heal. It will keep the severely injured Tomokaze from sliding even lower down the banzuke. For sumo fans, having nothing to follow will strongly affect them negatiively. It also will affect healthy rikishis whose desire to compete will not be met for quite a while. But for the few "walking wounded" rikishis whose career is at stake, this idle time will can turn into something positive. I just find it very sad that an infection that will kill many people coulld go a long way in aiding their recovery.
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    General Corona Banter

    From the World Health Organization: Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus? "No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.. The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible."
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    Corona and sumo

    I find it interesting that before and during the Haru basho there was only one instance of someone related to sumo who ran a fairly high fever for two consecutive days. It's amazing that no one had any symptoms of corona virus. Considering the widespread prevalence of the virus and the large number of people involved in professional sumo, it looks as if the sumo community dodged a bullet. I have doubts that they will want to try doing it again in May.
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    General Corona Banter

    Those running Aussie football apparently had similar thoughts. After one round of play with no spectators, they decided to suspend the season until some indefinite future date. Along with the Haru basho, I had two sources of live sports viewing, sumo and Aussie football. If the Natsu basho is called off, my viewing sources will be down to zero. And with major league baseball and NBA schedules currently in limbo, they are likely to remain that way for quiite a while.
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    General Corona Banter

    Not only do I follow sumo but after being introduced to the sport on TV, I also enjoy watching Australian rules football. It's played on a oval field approximately twice the size of an American football field. Those in charge have decided to play theiir current season in stadiums with no spectators. If you think that watching sumo in an empty 8,000 seat arena is weird, the idea of seeing 45 people including players and referees on this huge playing field in an empty stadium that has a capacity of over 100,000 is absolutely mind boggling.
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    Corona and sumo

    The problem is not handling the Natsu basho in the same manner as the Haru basho. The NSK showed that it can be done quite well. What made the Osaka basho easier to manage was that everyone connnected to sumo (rikishis, referees, officials, etc.) was congregated in one area. Checking the condition of people's health, including taking daily temperatures and possibly testing for the coronavirus could be done without too much difficulty. But these people are now scattered all over Japan, Mongolia, and other countries. It will be extremely difficult to monitor their health on a regular basis. Since the health of everyone involved in sumo is of paramount importance, thc concept of monitoring their health almost daily would be virtually impossible. Unless this pandemic quickly abates in the next couple of months (highly, highly unlikely), the wisest and safest thing to do is cancel the Natsu basho and hope that the situation will be better in Nagoya. And if it isn't, the Nagoya basho should be canceled as well. Life without sumo will be difficult for everyone, but the idea that holding a basho witout the proper precautions could lead to people's illness and even death is intolerable.