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  1. Free movement of young wrestlers could help sumo build stronger base

    Exposure to different stables would help trainees make better career decisions


    Two significant changes in status took place after the Osaka Grand Sumo Tournament.

    First up was the promotion of Asanoyama to the sport’s second-highest rank...



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  2. 6 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

    Yes, but that's not my point: he has a unique disadvantage relative to the big men.  Besides, if he gets put into the hospital, I doubt he'll say to himself, "Well, look at all the big men who also succumbed to injury."

    What does any rikishi say to themselves when they get injured? Who knows. Probably some variation of "Curse my luck!"

    Mitakeumi gets pushed up sideways on the tawara. Messes up his knee. Tomokaze falls off the dohyo and lands on one stiff leg. Kotenage has hurt more than a few. Superstition is strong in the NSK. Maybe it's because bad luck is more of a problem than being less than a giant.

  3. 11 minutes ago, Yamanashi said:

    Yeah, he's been swatted a few times, but also crushed; all he needs is to be bending the leg one way while getting squashed the other way, and bye bye career.

    How many big men have also succumbed to injury? Takanohana, Musashimaru, Kisenosato...the list is long.

  4. 11 minutes ago, Taikoubana said:

    Who are the men in the photos at 1:20?

    The older gentleman is the former Director of the Kinki University Sumo Club, Katsuhito Ito, who passed away in January. The other may be the former manager of Toyama's Shogyo high school sumo club, who passed a couple years ago.

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  5. Fail

    Tokyo governor urges people to stay indoors this weekend as capital becomes new focus of outbreak


    Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Wednesday requested that people refrain from going outside this weekend for nonessential reasons, due to concerns over a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital.

    The metropolitan government confirmed 41 cases the same day, more than double its previous daily record of 17 the day before.

    Among Japan’s 47 prefectures, it is the first time that more than 40 cases have been reported, according to a Kyodo News tally...



  6. JSA officially approves Asanoyama's ozeki promotion


    Sekiwake Asanoyama was officially promoted to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association board of directors.

    The news provided a bright spot amid the coronavirus bleakness with Asanoyama saying in his kojo stage speech he is ready for the added responsibility and expectations ahead of the May grand tournament.

    "I will live up to my name as ozeki and love the sport of sumo, fulfill justice as rikishi (sumo wrestler) and exert myself to the utmost," he said...



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  7. 41 minutes ago, Asojima said:

    Although I don't understand Japanese, I frequently get the visual impression that Kitanofuji may be an alcoholic who is half in the bag during many of his performances. He may have a medical problem that causes this appearance.

    He had heart surgery a couple years ago, and it does appear he is in generally poor health these days. He will be 78 in less than a week, and signs of mental decline are creeping in. It's sad, but for such a star he has had a very good run.

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  8. 10 hours ago, Dapeng said:

    I think the black coats sitting around the clay stage are a recent thing, but the pretended resignation after a mistake was an old tradition when there was no black coats thus his mistake was much more serious. 

    How recent are you talking?


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  9. 4 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

    It's increasingly difficult to read your intentions, but here's my guess: You're basically implying that Takakeisho is still suffering from his year old injury, which didn't seem to bother him last basho all that much?

    My intentions? That sounds way more nefarious than it needs to. I suspect he is affected by his injury last year, and will continue to be. Just like many other rikishi are affected by their own injuries. He seems to be managing it better than the former Kisenosato did. Yet he does not have the same raw pushing power he once did. Time will tell how well he deals with that. In that same vein, your suggestion of premature predictions is a bit, well, premature.

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  10. 3 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

    I don't quite follow. Takakeisho acted as expected today is all I can say. Or is it the previous days you had in mind?

    Five ginboshi given away and a makekoshi. No other ozeki to compete against. Six others in the joi makekoshi, seven if the injured Takayasu is included.