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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    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.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    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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    Banzuke for Aki 2020

    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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    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.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    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".
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    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.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    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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    Ex-rikishi who does guest commenting?

    Yokozuna Kitanofuji and komusubi Mainoumi are the most frequent commentators. I would guess that they appear in approximately half of the NHK honbasho broadcasts. The reasons they are chosen are not only because of their vast experience but also of their ability to clearly explain things that the average fan knows little about. Another commentator on the English language version of these broadcasts is John Gunning. Although he was never a professional rikishi, he had a successful career as an amateur. He is extremely knowledgable and expresses his commentary very well. He has added greatly to my enjoyment watchng the bashos. My only complaint is that he doesn't appear on the broadcasts as often as I would like him to.
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    Corona and sumo

    I wonder if a germophobic rikishi who does not want to compete will merely say that he isn't feeling well despite having no temperature and will go kyujo, if given the assurance that he will not lose his rank in the following basho. Since no doctor's note will be needed and since the NSK is using the greatest amount of caution possible, this could be a very easy way to avoid competition while maintaining his rank.
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    Corona and sumo

    One factor that can influence body temperature is the consumption of alcohol. I’m sure that rikishis have been informed of that fact. Since they have been known to consume large amounts of beer, it’s possible that many of them could have short term body temperatures over the 37.5 limit only for that reason. I believe that's why their temperatures will be taken three separate times of day. I don't think that a single reading slightly over the limit will necessarily be disqualifying. The rikishi will be told to avoid alcohol until his temperature is taken one or two more times. If he has done so and his temp remains well over 37.5, that could be a cause for concern. Chances are excellent that with the booze gone from his system, his body temperature will be back in the normal range. It would be very strange to see rikishis going kyujo in Osaka, not because of possible illness but because they like to drink.
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    Corona and sumo

    If a rikishi is running a slightl fever (for any reason at all) and is forced to go kyujo, I hope that the present rules for demotion will not be enforced and that the rikishi will be able to retain his present rank for the next basho. A demotion under such circumstances will be completely unfair. The present demotion rule (which I don't care for) should only apply to injury, not body temperature. And what will happen to the subdsequent jungyo? Jungyos are held to bring sumo to areas where fans normally are unable to see live honbashos. Their object is to draw large audiences and since there will be no audience for the Haru basho, I assume the same thinking will apply to the Haru jungyo and that it will be cancelled. I do not like the idea of closed door sumo in Osaka and I hope that the NSK will at least have enough common sense to cancel any event that will create crowds in the next couple of months. That includes the Haru jungyo,