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  1. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    My take on that bout was that Goeido took an eye poke. He was already being overwhelmed, but that turned his head reflexively away and finished it.
  2. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    Doreen Simmons, the voice of sumo wrestling – obituary
  3. Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    What would be fascinating are interviews with some of the former stars, former greats, but Japanese ones whose feelings and opinions on sumo aren't always easily accessible to an English-speaking audience. Guys like Mainoumi and Kitanofuji (at the top of the wish list), and all sorts of coaches, and oyakata, as well as former committee/council members, and media personalities too. Pick the minds of Uchidate, Yaku Mitsuru, Demon Kakka. The former Futeno and Homasho. An ocean of content.
  4. SUMO ABC (76) / Why can only Japanese nationals become sumo association elders? There is a long-standing tradition in the sumo world of not allowing women to enter the dohyo ring. There is also a nationality clause that prohibits wrestlers who are not Japanese citizens from becoming elders. This policy was added in September 1976 as one of the qualifications for obtaining an elder share, which says elders must have Japanese nationality. At present there are 105 elder shares. In 1972, Takamiyama, who was an American citizen at the time, won the Emperor’s Cup at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, becoming the first foreign wrestler to win the title of the uppermost makuuchi division. Takamiyama expressed his intention to become an elder in the JSA in the future. However, some JSA members became concerned, saying it might be not good for a foreign national to train wrestlers and get involved in the association’s management. The nationality clause was created in response to that opinion. At the time, the nationality clause inflamed public opinion as an “outrageous anachronism.” Facing strong opposition from the public, then JSA Chairman Kasugano — former yokozuna Tochinishiki — said: “There will be no change in the JSA’s policy on the nationality clause, but we will study this matter if, for example, exceptional cases should be established. And [the nationality clause] will not be officially added [to our rules and regulations] before any conclusions have been reached.” In the end, no exceptional measures were taken, and Takamiyama became a naturalized Japanese citizen in June 1980 at age 35 under the name Daigoro Watanabe, thus obtaining a qualification for becoming an elder. Takamiyama eventually became stablemaster Azumazeki, training yokozuna Akebono and komusubi Takamisakari, among other wrestlers. The month after Takamiyama’s naturalization, the JSA officially added the nationality clause to its rules and regulations. Continued
  5. Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    Sumo panel to expand violence inquiry An independent panel discussing measures to prevent violence among sumo wrestlers says it plans to widen its probe to include retired wrestlers who have appeared during the past 10 years. The Japan Sumo Association in February asked the panel to look into the underlying violence among wrestlers and propose preventive measures. This came in response to a violent assault on a lower-ranked wrestler by then yokozuna grand champion Harumafuji in October of last year. The Mongolian wrestler retired to take responsibility for his actions. The panel has met 7 times and inspected training procedures at stables as well as the association's promotional tours. It says its members interviewed more than 900 members of the association, including wrestlers. On Tuesday, the panel's head and former prosecutor general Keiichi Tadaki indicated to reporters that its interim results show that he could not rule out the existence of more violent incidents. He said the findings will be made public in September after a further analysis of the results. Tadaki also said the panel plans to conduct an investigation into past violence. About 1,000 former wrestlers and other members of the association who have left the organization over the past 10 years will be surveyed through a questionnaire. The plan came in response to the death of a wrestler in a violent assault in 2007. Tadaki said the panel will examine why violent incidents have recurred despite efforts that began more than 10 years ago to rid the sumo world of violence. The panel is expected to come up with its final report by October. The public affairs chief and stable master Shibatayama said the sumo association has been trying to raise members' awareness through lectures. He added that it is important that the proposals from the panel are used to combat violence. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180508_32/
  6. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    In slap to sumo, Japan’s bullfighters scrap ‘men-only’ ring rule Japanese bullfighting organizers said Saturday they had lifted a long-standing ban on women entering the “sacred” ring in a bid to modernize the traditional activity. Sumo wrestling has recently come under fire for strict religion-linked rules that prohibit women from entering the dohyō (ring), which is considered a sacred place. In tōgyū bullfighting, women were similarly barred from the ring, which is ritually purified before matches with salt and sake. But on Friday, organizers lifted the prohibition and allowed female bull owner Yuki Araki to lead her animal into the ring in Yamakoshi, Niigata Prefecture, after a fight on the opening day of the season. “Equality for men and women is a trend of the times,” said Katsushi Seki, an official with the Yamakoshi bullfighting organization. “By opening the ring to women, we hope this traditional bullfighting will continue far into the future,” Seki said. Continued
  7. Akebono gravely ill (activities thread)

    Sumo legend Akebono in the middle of his biggest battle yet Twenty five years ago, amid falling snowflakes and a crowd gathered to watch the ritual ceremonies at the Meiji Shrine, Chad Rowan strode powerfully into sumo history as the sport’s first foreign-born grand champion. These days the immediate challenge for the 6-foot, 8-inch Rowan is to rise from his wheelchair and walk, unaided, again. Behind the doors of a rehabilitation facility in the Tokyo area, the man who competed for 13 years as Akebono works to regain mobility a year after suffering acute heart failure. He remains proud and determined as he prepares to celebrate his 49th birthday Tuesday, family and friends say. Few outside his immediate family (wife Christine, daughter Caitlyn, 20, and sons Cody, 17, and Connor, 14) have visited him so private and so intent is the Kaiser High graduate from Waimanalo on not being seen in public until he regains his strength. “He’s been an athlete all his life and still has that pride,” said Christine, the family spokesperson. “He has come a long way.” Continued
  8. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    Such sad news. A true pioneer in her calling to represent sumo to the world. She will be missed.
  9. Sumo Wrestlers Featured in Movies

    How about music videos? This was posted years ago, but some of our newer members may have missed it.
  10. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Talk about shooting oneself in the foot after being given the benefit of the doubt. Chankomafuji would wisely refrain from any more transgender remarks here.
  11. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Ok, received some reports on Chankomafuji's post. Some members seem to feel that he is calling transgender people gross. My understanding of what he wrote is that he is of the opinion that using that example in the article was inexcusably bad. As in a criticism of the article itself, not a commentary on transgender people. As such, I don't see the need to censure Chankomafuji. This is a discussion about a subject that is not without controversy. It is worth having, however. Please continue discussing, keeping in mind that while we can differ in opinion, we should be open to other opinions as well. Free and open exchange is encouraged, as long as we can be respectful of one another. Thank you all for your understanding.
  12. Ex-Jūryō Oyakata

    I'm thinking in very local terms, but we have this coach in Canada now, a one Mr. Mike Babcock. Very successful as a college, university, major-junior, Olympic, and professional ice hockey coach, he did not get far as a professional player, only playing in England for a short time. He does have a university degree in sports education, and some post-graduate study in sports psychology. I suppose his education is at odds with what a typical oyakata might have, but is in line with what the former Kotooshu is aiming for. It would be nice to see sumo move in that direction.
  13. Latest kabu-babu changes

    What about Abi? He's in Shikoroyama-beya.
  14. Osunaarashi scandal

  15. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)