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  1. 1 hour ago, Hakuryuho said:

    Is there any news on Hakuho participating in the November basho?

    I'm a big Hakuho fan but I'm really not worried about his competing in November. He had a knee injury requiring endoscopic surgery and is taking his time to rehabilitate. He has absolutely nothing more to prove and It wouldn't surprise me at all if he goes kyujo in November. When you have 44 yushos, missing the chance to get one more soon really doesn't matter. 

    One thing is certain.  When he does return to competition, Hakuho will be as healthy as possible. And a physically fit Hakuho is bad news for every rikishi competing against him. 


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  3. Ura--from Jonidan 106 back to Juryo in only five bashos. He did this despite the fact that he had two severe injuries to his knee, one of which alone could easily have been career ending for many rikishis. He and Terunofuji have pulled off comebacks that could best be described as virtually impossible. I am very happy for both of them. 

  4. 12 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

    If the both-hands-down tachiai position is indeed the ideal, then why not have wrestlers on both sides place both fists down on or behind the shikirisen, and then the gyoji simply drops his gumbai fan to signal both men to start.  Et voila, no more mattas, and no more disgruntled fans.


    If a rikishi refuses to get both hands down and is the cause of more than one matta, there could be a more drastic solution--disqualify him for that match. The idea of losing a bout for not following the rules can be a pretty good incentive to obey them. If there is disagreement among the shimpan with the gyoji's decision to disqualify, a mono-ii could be held to settle the situation.

  5. On 01/09/2020 at 06:07, Kintamayama said:

    Injured Yokozuna Hakuhou (right knee) has yet to resume training, raising fears he will not be ready for the basho. He prefers to be treated for the injury and heal completely, after undergoing endoscopic surgery in August. He is doing basic exercises but is far from doing the fundamental suriashi and shiko.

    Healing completely from an injury before resuming training makes complete sense. Unfortunately, that situation can only apply to a yokozuna. Far too many rikishis with injuries rush back into competition because of fear of dropping too far down the banzuke. It can take quite a while for a severe injury to heal and it takes an enormous amount of patience for both the rikishi and his oyakata to let those injuries heal completely. A couple of recent examples are Terunofuji and Ura.--but they're quite rare.

    As for Hakuho, I'm sure that missing a basho while he heals won't mean very much. I doubt very much if it will cause fear of anyone coming anywhere near his record of 44 yushos. His closest rival is Kakuryu who is 38 yushos behind him. In the military service, it's called "rank having its privilege" and it means being able to do things others of lower rank are unable to. The same can be said of the greatest yokozuna ever. 

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  6. 3 hours ago, Jyuunomori said:

    A huge leap for Terunofuji. Welcome back, my man.

    The same can be said for Ura as well.  While not as amazing as Terunofuji's rise from jonidan #48 to makunouchi #1 (including a yusho) in eight bashos, his recent  record is still extremely impressive--from jonidan #108 to makushita #5 in only four bashos. Two remarkable stories from what seemed like early retirement to success. 

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  7. 6 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

    The question for the riji-kai on the 13th now only seems to be: will there be spectators in the hall or not. Up to 2500 are considered.

    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 30 minutes ago, Chanko Thief said:

    When is the average rikishi in their physical prime? In heavyweight boxing, fighters are often in their prime years in their early 30s, but in lower weight classes, fighters peak at much younger ages.

    How does this compare in sumo? I imagine that due to accumulating injuries and excess strain on the joints etc., that a rikishi’s physical peak would be in their 20s, and it would be sort of a gradual decline from there, no?

    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".

  11. 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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  12. 18 hours ago, Millwood said:

    Chiyonofuji - who else competes?

    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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  13. On 26/04/2020 at 16:56, sumojoann said:

    Farm or no farm, I am especially sad.  Today I received my May guide for TV Japan.  In it is the complete schedule for the May Basho LIKE EVERYTHING IS NORMAL!!!  I realize that they have to go to press ahead of time but still, it felt like salt being rubbed into an open wound.............

    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.

  14. 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.


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  15. 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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  16. 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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  18. 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. 

  19. 24 minutes ago, robnplunder said:

    Having nothing to watch (my favorite is golf), I will take the no spectator broadcast any day.   But given how widespread the virus is everywhere, there will be players who will get infected during the season.  When it happens, it is season over as the player has likely spread it to his teammates and opponents.   

    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.

  20. 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. 

  21. 17 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

    I wouldn't be surprised if Natsu Basho will be held in exactly the same manner as Haru. 

    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.

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  22. 18 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

    Anyone else noticed the gyogis' extremely lax attitude to 'both hands down' this time around?

    In that regard, this basho seems no different than others. Aside from some rare exceptions, the gyogis have always had a lax attitude concerning "both hands down". I think the rule should be renamed "both hands reasonably close".

  23. One rikishi having a fever shouldn't be indicative that the virus could now have possibly spread among the people present at the basho. There are many reasons other than the corona virus for having a fever. In fact, I'm amazed that Chiyomaru was the only person among the many rkshis and other personnel at the basho having a fever for two consecutive days afer eight days of competition. Out of such a large popululation, I would have expected at least several more due to causes such as colds, the flu, etc.

    If on the other hand, many more individuals start displaying temperatures over 37.5° C lasting for two days, that could be a cause of concern. 

  24. The fact that Hakuho doesn't overwhelm his opponents in a few seconds means nothing. He simply waits for them to make a mistake and he takes advantage of it. His bouts against Daiesho and Takayasu ware never in doubt. Not bad for a rikishi whose skills are on the decline and who  is on his "last legs". Despite his age and some nagging injuries, he's still far better than anyone else. 

    If he cared to, I believe he could go on for a couple more years. He probably would have to go kyujo on occasion because of his injuries, but  he would still be good for even more  yushos. However, that won't happen. After the Olympics (if they will be held at all), I expect him to retire. This forum will then see virtually everyone, including his detractors, comment on how much they will miss following the greatest yokozuna ever. 

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