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    Hakuho Applying for Japanese Citizenship

    Each leg of the torch relay is quite short---around 200 meters or so. A torch bearer doesn't have to run at all. If he or she is unable to run, walking while holding the torch should be perfectly okay. So is the use of a wheelchair whose users are provided with equipment to attach the torch to the chair. In theory a torch bearer should be alone, but they are permitted to have the assistance of a wheelchair helper or for a blind person to use a guide dog or another person to help him or her. I wonder if torch bearers are also allowed to use skate boards and/or roller skates.
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    Sumo history videos

    This looks like an ancient version of a Hakuho-Enho workout .
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    It's true that the kachiage in and of itself is far more dangerous than the headbutt. However, kachiages don't occur very often. The headbutt, while far less severe, happens extremely often in a rkishi's career and its long term effects can be much more serious. I'm referring to CTE, a brain injury which has been proven to occur in many American professional football players and can result in dementia in later life. Helmets provide some protection, but not enough to prevent it. I wonder if trauma to the brain is as common in rikishis who have a lot of head to head contact without any sort of protection at all. I would guess that it's far more prevalent than we realize. I have no idea how the effects of head to head contact in sumo can be reduced. Tradition indicates that any sort of head protection will never be used. Such contact could eventually be banned altogether. The chances of such a rule ever occurring is at least a million to one, maybe more. Meawhile, rikishis will continue to bang their heads together, at possibly great future risk.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    When Hakuho gripped onto Takakeisho's mawashi, because Takakeisho has very little yotsu-zumo ability, the bout was over. When two rikishis are grabbing onto each other's mawashis and there is no movement at all, there can be a question as to who has an advantage. That was not the case in this match. Hakuho was in complete control and he could have ended it any time he cared to. I still think the reason it took him so long to finish the match was to make it appear that Takakeisho's mawashi technique was moderately decent--which it definitely was not. Hakuho came away with the easiest win possible while Takakeisho left with his dignity intact by lasting well over a minute before losing. However, that result was due much, much more to Hakuho's efforts (or lack of same) than his own.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    This probably makes no sense, but I think Hakuho was doing Takakeisho a big favor. Once he controlled Takakeisho's mawashi, the match was over. But instead of pushing him off the dohyo right away, he just maintained his position. To some observers, it might appear that Takakesisho was doing something to block Hakuho's forward movement. But the lack of Hakuho's forward progress had nothing to do with Takakeisho's resistance. It was due entirely to Hakuho himself. I think the longer a bout with Hakuho lasts, the more impressive his opponent seems to be. I wouldn't doubt that while they were locked together, Hakuho whispered, "Hang in there. You're gonna lose but you stlll will look pretty good". As I said, this idea probably makes no sense but if nothing else, it does sound kind of interesting.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    That just about says it all. Not only is he the greatest rikishi ever, but he also is among the greatest all-time athletes in all sports. I would equate his status to that of LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Wayne Gretzky, and Muhammad Ali. The sad thing is while the others were extremely well-known, the vast (gigantic may be a better word) majority of people in the world have absolutely no idea who he is.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    It's absolutely right for a yokozuna, like any other rikishi, to follow the rules of sumo.That includes using accepted, allowable techniques. However, when one is promoted to yokozuna and becomes extremely successful, he is then requested to abandon a completely legal technique. It is said that such behavior is not worthy of someone holding such a high rank. Of course, his opponents can still use that same technique against him. The YDC and NSK sometimes come up with opinions that make no sense. This happens to be one of the more ridiculous ones. Hakuho is not being stubborn. He's just following the rules.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I believe I understand why the sumo elders think so negatively about Hakuho's use of the harite and blows with his forearm. I doubt if it has anything to do with proper behavior for a yokozuna. I think the real reason is that Hakuho, who has won 42 yushos (and counting) and dominatied sumo like no one has ever before has been far more successful than they would like to see. They suggest that Hakuho stop the use of totally legal techniques, hoping that will provide some sort of handicap. They merely want to take away what they feel is an "unfair" advantage by the greatest rikishi of all time. That makes no sense to me at all. I don’t understand why complying with a rule and using it to one’s benefit can in any way be construed as being unfair. If the NSK feels that use of the harite and the forearm shiver are dangerous or provide some sort of undeserved advantage, all they have to do is make either or both of them illegal for all rikishis. If they don't, their "techniques unbecoming a yokozuna" statement means absolutely nothing, at least to me. I probably am in a minority regarding this thinking and I welcome any comments to the contrary.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    The harite is a legal tactic, but one that the elders for some reason consider to be improper for a yozuna to use. In Hakuho's case, he doesn't use it to cause damage. It's only for distraction and as such, it works well. If you want to see how lethal a single slap to the side of the head can be, check out this match between Kyokudozan and Kushimaumi.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    However, the yokozunas were kyujo in each of his yushos. That fact, in and of itself, made them less significant than they could have been. On the other hand, "a win is a win" no matter what the situation surrounding it is. Despite the fact that he didn't have to face his strongest competition, he stll did very well. There is no question that he deserved each yusho even though the quality of his opponents wasn't the best.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I think a rule allowing a makunouchi rikishi who is absent for a long period due to injury to re-enter at mid-makushita rank would be quite fair. An injured juryo rikishi would be allowed re-enter at no lower than upper sandanme. What happened to Ura was completely unfair and totally undeserved. He was at M4 when he was badly injured. He was demoted to low sandanme where he rose to makushita 23 when he was injured again. He now has to start at jonidan 106. Faced with such a situation, I'm sure many rikishis would have retired. Such determination is why I'm a huge Ura fan. I think his previous high makunouchi rank should have been taken into account when his subsequent rankings were considered. Something like this should never be allowed to happen and is an excellent example (among others) showing that sumo is far, far from perfect.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    In Kisenosato's case, consistency at ozeki meant nothing. In the five previous bashos before his first yusho, excluding a fairly decent 10-5, he was 13-2, 13-2, 12-3, and 12-3 which were yokozuna-like numbers. However, they did not include a yusho. Their result was his remaining at ozeki. Only when he finally won a yusho was he promoted to yokozuna. I believe that without a yusho, no matter how outstandingly consistent his records continued to be, he would have remained an ozeki.
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    Ridiculous Predictions for Kyushu 2019

    Although it doesn't pertain to this basho the NSK, in order to link the names of Endo and Enho closer together, will find three new candidates and name them Eneo, Enfo, and Engo.
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    Ridiculous Predictions for Kyushu 2019

    Mitakeumi will win with an 11-4 primarily because the yokozunas, ozekis, and other sanyaku rikishis will all have dropped out. The NSK, being desperate to find another Japanese grand champion, will determine that 23 wins and two consecutive yushos, no matter how weak the opposition was, will qualify him for yokozuna, skipping ozeki ranking. You want ridiculous predictions? You just got one.
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    Pre-Kyushu predictions?

    Hakuho. He still has at least a couple of outstanding bashos remaining. This will be one of them.