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  1. Swami

    Happy Birthday Jakusotsu!

    Happy birthday and hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    Happy birthday Mmikasazuma !

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    Happy Birthday Exil, Gaijingai and Kotoviki!!

    Happy birthday and hearty salutations one and all from the Swami! Swami
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    Happy birthday Golynohana

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  5. An even more spectacular example of this was Chiyonofuji v Asahifuji in November 1987, The Wolf simply clamped his arms and lifted Asahifuji out. Swami
  6. Swami

    Hello there !

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  7. Swami

    Happy birthday Yangnomazuma

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  8. I remember back many years ago Konishiki developed a strategy of letting more of his opponents come directly to him, rather than chasing them on dodgy knees. OK, it won't work with every opponent, but if he fight on his terms, not his opponents, it will be to his advantage. In Konishiki's case it worked for a brief period (1990 - 1992), but his yotsu-zumo was never skillful enough to outfox the likes of Akinoshima. Swami
  9. I'm not sure if he is unwilling, clearly he is very much beaten up and at some point he must question if it is worthwhile continuing. At the end of the day once he retires he has to deal with the long-term effects of his injuries. Swami
  10. It really is only a matter of time before demotion looms for both Takakeisho and Shodai, Takakeisho simply has no plan B if he can't get somebody straight out and Shodai got lucky in March, but it will be surprising if he is still ozeki at the end of this year. As for Terunofuji, if he is still active at the end of the year I will be very surprised, he may be destined to be an eight-basho yokozuna like Kotozakura and Mienoumi. Combine the injuries, both new and existing, and the fact the likes of Daieisho, Meisei and Tamawashi (never mind some of the new guys coming up) are causing him bother, it is only going to get harder from now on. Swami
  11. Swami

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    I can't help wondering if Shodai's oyakata is tempted to ask him, "Hey, when you made that effort in the second week, why couldn't you do it in the first week?". I still think he is on borrowed time as ozeki, Takakeisho too, once a bout goes to the belt, it's curtains for him. Swami
  12. Swami

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    After the first four days, I would never have expected Shodai to be standing 6-5 after day 11. Still touch and go for him to get eight wins though. Swami
  13. Swami

    Sumo World Magazine

    Others here may have more details re how things unravelled, but as far as I was concerned, with regard to my subscription, it was going OK (after Andy Adams stood down as editor in favour of Clyde Newton in 2000) until 2002 when the magazines just dried up. Swami
  14. Swami

    Sumo World Magazine

    I have all issues from January 1980 until November 2001, then I rather randomly got a final issue in March 2003, then nothing. I also, through Sumo World, got a couple of Japanese booklets (I think published at the start of each year with all the details of the sekitori of the time 1992 and 1995). It still saddens me the way Sumo World disappeared. Channel 4's UK sumo coverage first got me interested, then it was Sumo World with regular updates. My first subscription was in mid-1991 after Chiyonofuji's retirement. Swami
  15. Swami

    Happy Birthday, Jejima!

    Happy birthday and hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami