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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Man that one really hurts for Asanoyama, his arm was out first but Kakuryu's wasn't doing anything at all and it was a strong case to call shinitai. With so many things on the line a monoi would have been nice... Hopefully they won't deny the promotion if he wins tomorow.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Where was that Hokutofuji all basho ?
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    That was funny aha the journalist from NHK asked Kaisei why he was smiling in the hanamichi after his win and KK, he answered that he was actually laughing with his tsukebito because he was so stressed before the bout that he actually put chikaramizu in his mouth
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    Basho cancellation?

    Article from Nikkan on Chiyomaru : his temperature was 38,6 yesterday night (14th) and 39,7 this morning. He had medical exams to see if it is regular flu this morning and will have more tests tomorow (16th). According to his brother and stablemate Chiyootori (currently fighting in Juryo) Chiyomaru was 'completely fine yesterday' and told him this morning that he had no physical problems at all except for the fever. Chiyootori thinks his brother will be back after a little rest. https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/photonews/photonews_nsInc_202003150000677-1.html
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    His knees seem ok but his arm/elbow has been bothering him for a few days now and today it looked like he couldn't use it at all which is very worrying.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Much more entertaining day today, after two weird and average days, I guess the guys are a little bit more used to fight with no audience and I am a bit more used to it too. Let's hope we'll continue to see more of the same for the rest of the basho.
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    Terunofuji Watch

    Easy win again on day 3 but that right arm seems to bother him a bit, let's hope it's not too serious
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    The new mongolian generation

    POST HATSU 2020 UPDATE The japanese version of that topic takes quite a lot of time to write so I've been neglecting this one for a while so I'd like to apologize. 2020, new decade and a lot of things happened since my last update post Nagoya. Makuuchi Kiribayama Tetsuo (23) Michinoku beya Highest rank M17 1 Kanto-sho 184 cm 129 kg Style Hidari-yotsu nage M17e 11-4 K Just like that Ichinojo and Daishoho, who were the two makuuchi regular young mongolian found themselves down in Juryo. 23 years old Kiribayama was the only young mongolian up in makuuchi for Hatsu. Ranked M17e following a very nice 11-4 showing down in juryo in december, he posted the same impressive result for his makuuchi debut this tournament. His performance was somewhat overshadowed by the other M17, Tokushoryu, who took the yusho, but Kiribayama collected 11 wins, once again using a lot of different kimarite and was awarded a well deserved Kanto-sho. He is just 23 and amazingly talented, he is really someone to watch. I also appreciate the fact that he respectful and is well behaved. Juryo rikishi Terunofuji Haruo (28) Isegahama Highest rank: Ozeki 1 yusho, 4 jun-yusho, 1 shukun-sho, 3 kanto sho. 192 cm 180 kg migi yotsu-yori J13w 13-2 Y A lot of things happened since my last update and this is the most important one, the heir is back... well back in juryo for now, but back in good shape. With his talent and a body in good condition Terunofuji is unstoppable, and he was unstoppable until he was stopped. 13 straight wins to easily clinch the juryo yusho but two losses on day 14 and 15 to Nishikigi and Daiamami. He is in good shape for sure but he may not be fully ready to dominate as much in makuuchi yet. Moreover, these losses may well end up costing him his promotion to makuuchi next basho. One thing is certain, he'll face stronger opposition next basho and it'll be interesting to see how he performs. Ichinojo Takashi (26) Minato beya Highest rank : Sekiwake 2 jun-yusho 3 special prizes ( 2 shukun-sho 1 Kanto-sho) 8 kinboshi 192 cm 200 kg (-27kg) Style : Migi-yotsu yori, lean machine J7e 6-9 Just as Terunofuji is climbing his way back, Ichinojo, the main guy in his absence is falling down. He is still listed at 200 kg after a 27 kilos loss, I think there's nothing more to say... Since my last update, Ichinojo's back finally completely quit on him and the big guy fell all the way down to mid juryo juryo after almost two entire basho off. If we consider his dramatic weight loss and the lack of training a MK even down there seems logical. Let's hope for him that he'll be able to climb his way back up soon. Daishoho Kiyohiro (25) Oitekaze beya Highest rank M9W 185 cm (+2) 185 kg (+5) Style : Migi yotsu-yori J5w 9-6 Daishoho did ok in Makuuchi for a bit but turned into a morozashi surrendering machine and quickly fell down the ranks. Down in juryo this tournament he did quite well until day 11 but lost his last four bouts and his promotion back to the first division at the same time. Mitoryu Takayuki (25) Nishikido-beya Highest rank J9 188 cm (+2) 195 kg (-5) Style: Being 195 kg and kinda hard to move. J4w 6-9 Instead of being mediocre and dissapointing in low to middle juryo, Mitoryu is now mediocre and dissapointing in middle to top juryo... He was up in makuuchi on day 8 and actually won the bout (against shimanoumi) but I'm still wondering wether he'll really make his way up there some day. Hoshoryu Tomokatsu (20) Tatsunami beya Highest rank juryo 13 186 cm 131 kg (+16) migi yotsu yori nage J14 8-7 Asashoryu's nephew is now up in juryo and after a 7-8 mk, his 8-7 kk for hatsu ensured he'll remain there for the third straight basho. Hoshoryu is showing some really cool things at times, his throws in particular but he is still so young, green and maybe still too light ( despite being up 16 kilos since my last update ) to do better than that for now even in low juryo. With a bit more experience and a few more kilos I reckon he'll start killing it, I bet he is going to do better next basho. Extra Roga Chikara (20) Futagoyama Ranked Ms17e this basho, the 20 years old is also a young guy to watch, never makekoshi since his debut he finished 5-2 this time, a record that should put him in the promotion zone for juryo next time. Very promising talent.
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    The young generation (japanese rikishi only)

    Thank you so much for your comment ! I may add some of the juryo guys but this is a lot of work so I cannot garantee when. On the other hand, I'll update the mongolian version for sure ! I slacked off last time and so many things have changed ( Terunofuji, Roga...)
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    The young generation (japanese rikishi only)

    POST HATSU 2020 That was fast, the first basho of the new decade is already in the books. 33 years old veteran Tokushoryu took everyone by surprise and clinched the yusho from the last maegashira spot, but Hatsu 2020 confirmed even more the rise of the young generation and the fall of the old. Both Yokozuna were out again, Goeido lost his rank and is apparently retiring intention, the vast majority of the rikishi over 30 finished the basho with a makekoshi or performing poorly. Many of the younger guys on the other end did really well, a lot of them should be ranked in jo-i/ sanyaku zone next basho and with only one ozeki and two yokozuna at the end of the road on the banzuke, now is the perfect time to get on a run for a top rank. YUSHO WINNERS Takakeisho Mitsunobu (23) - Chiganoura beya Highest rank : Ozeki 1 Yusho, 3 Jun Yusho , 8 special prizes (3 Gino-sho, 3 Shukun-sho , 2 Kanto-sho) 3 kinboshi 175 cm 169 kg Favourite style : Tsuki-Oshi Oe 11-4 This basho was arguably Takakeisho's first fully healthy basho as an ozeki and, with both Yokozuna pulling out early and fellow ozeki Goeido struggling, the 23 years old was the natural favourite to get the cup. He was still on the race until his loss to Asanoyama on day 14 and failed to stop Tokushoryu to clinch the yusho on Senshuraku. If we look at the content of his sumo we can see that his dominant oshi attack was less prevalent this basho, Takakeisho tried different things, beating Okinoumi via Yorikiri and Tochinoshin via hearty Kotenage on day 12. I don't know if he is trying to diversify is sumo to become Yokozuna or if was just the result of his oshi being less dominant this time but trying something else didn't work every time as illustrated by his losses on day 14 and 15. With that being said, no yusho yes, but an overall solid performance for the little guy, and his first double digit basho as an ozeki. Mitakeumi Hisashi (27) - Dewanoumi-beya Highest rank: Sekiwake 2 Yusho, 8 Special prizes (2 Gino-sho, 5 Shukun-sho ,1 Kanto-sho) 2 kinboshi 180 cm, 175 kg (-2) Favourite style : Tsuki-Oshi M2w 7-8 Last basho was the end of Mitakeumi's incredible spell in the sanyaku rank, back to the maegashira ranks he couldn't seize the opportunity presented by the kyujo of noth yokozuna, Goeido's struggles, and Takayasu and Abi's poor condition to come back to sanyaku right away. On the contrary, Mitakeumi posted a second straight makekoshi that will see him fall a little bit more down the ranks.Hi's knee definitely seemed to bothered him a lot again this basho which can explain his poor performance. If he manages to get healthy again I reckon he'll be back in Sanyaku soon.All things considered 7 wins with one leg at this rank is quite respectable. Asanoyama Hideki (25)- Takasago-beya Highest Rank: Sekiwake 1 Yusho, 1 Jun-Yusho, 6 special prizes ( 2 Shukun-Sho, 1 Gino-sho 3 Kanto-sho) 1 kinboshi 188 cm 177 kg (+6) Favourite style : Migi yotsu-yori S1e 10-5 Things started quite well for Asanoyama on his sekiwake debut, three straight wins to start the basho. However, he hit a rough patch midway through and ended up 6-5 and out of the race by day 11. Still, he managed to regroup and won his last 4 to post his second straight double digit basho in sanyaku. His win against Takakeisho on day 14 and the dominant one against Ryuden on senshuraku were really crucial wins for him. 11 wins last basho, 10 this time, he needs 12 next time get to 33, but with such a depleted Yokozuna/Ozeki field he might get the nod with less. Interesting prospects Hokutofuji Daiki (27) Hakkaku-Beya Highest rank : Komusubi 1 Jun-Yusho 2 Gino-sho 7 kinboshi 183cm 162 kg (+1) favourite style : Oshi M2 11-4 G Hokutofuji was back to the Maegashira ranks this time but secured his immediate ticket back to sanyaku with an incredible 11-4 performance and was rewarded by his 7th kinboshi (!) and his second Gino-sho. More of the same next basho please ! Shodai Naoya (28) Tokitsukaze-beya Highest rank: Sekiwake 2Jun-yusho 4 Kanto-sho 1 Kinboshi 183 cm 171 kg (+4) Style : Migi Yotsu yori M4w 13-2 JK Dare I say it ? Shodai "the next ozeki" is back baby ! Second straight jun yusho (it could have been a yusho if not for the incredible Tokushoryu), second straight Kanto sho, strong, confident sumo, much improved tachi ai, what more can I say ? He is in the zone and should be back in sanyaku for the first time since Haru 2017. Let's hope his dissapointment of not getting the yusho this time will drive him to continue in this direction next time and to try get an actual ozeki run going... Daieisho Hayato (26) Oitekaze-beya Highest rank Komusubi 1 Shukun-Sho 2 kinboshi 182 cm 165 Kg (+5) Style : Oshi-tsuki K1w 7-8 Daieisho finished makekoshi on his sanyaku debut but still showed good sumo pretty much every day, even when losing. I think he'll continue to stick to the top of the banzuke. Abi Masatora (25)- Shikoroyama beya Highest rank: Komusubi 2 kanto-sho 2 kinboshi 185 cm 155 kg (+3) favourite style : Tsuki/oshi K1e 5-10 Overall disappointing basho from Abi who should fall back to the maegashira ranks next basho. He fought with an injured leg all basho however, so he should be back to the top if he manages to get healthier. Intriguing prospects Enho Akira (25) Miyagino beya Highest rank M5w 1 Gino-sho 168 cm 99 kg (+1) Style : Acrobatic ninja ( hidari yotsu, shitatenage...) M5w 8-7 I thought this tournament would be a very tough one for the little man and, with the depleted Sanyaku field, he actually faced some serious guys. In the end it didn't even matter, Enho beat an ozeki, both sekiwake and a komusubi to secure his fourth makuuchi KK in a row. Wow ! I am currious to see how he'll do next basho ! Yutakayama Ryota (26) Tokitsukaze Beya Highest rank M2e 1 Jun Yusho, 1 Kanto-sho 184 cm 179 kg (+2) Style: Tsuki oshi M9w 11-4 That's more like it ! Excellent basho from Yutakayama, with so many candidates he was a bit unlucky not to be even selected for a sansho but he showed some good sumo all the way through this basho. His style looks finally more refined , his balance is better and he is going for the belt more and with success. I like that version of him a lot more than the over agressive brat that cannot do a proper bow one ... Third straight makuuchi kk for him. Meisei Chikara (24) Tatsunami beya Highest rank M2w 179 cm 150 kg (+3) Style: Hidari yotsu-yori M5e 1-7-7 Nightmare basho for Meisei, clearly nursing a nasty arm injury. He should have watched from home but showed up anyway. That was dangerous, frustrating and painful to watch. He only managed a win against Tochinoshin's ghost and is therefore in danger of demotion for next basho. Ok prospects Onosho Fumiya (23) Oonomatsu- Beya Highest rank : Komusubi 3 Kanto-sho 1 kinboshi 177cm 157 kg (-2) Style : Tsuki oshi M7w 9-6 Ok basho from Onosho who is slowly climbing his way back up. Things didn't look good for him at at first( bad sumo and 4 losses to start), but Onosho performed better in the second half and actually looked much better. 5 straight wins to end the basho. Let's hope for him that he can keep up this good form next basho. Kagayaki Taishi (25 )Takadagawa Highest rank M4w 192 cm 166 kg M11w 10-5 Two basho ago, Kagayaki looked completely lost, he certainly turned this around since then, second straight solid basho from him. Terutsuyoshi Shoki (25) Isegahama Highest rank M9e 1Jun yusho 1 Kanto-Sho M14e 8-7 169 cm 116 kg Style : acrobatic ninja ( migi-maemitsu/nage ) Still ranked at M14e despite a 8-7 record last time, Terutsuyoshi showed some really good stuff in the first half and quickly secured his KK. Despite that, he still ended up with the same 8-7 record t this time, losing his last four. Takanosho Nobuaki (25) Chiganoura Highest rank M9e 183 cm 163 kg M9e 7-8 First time making the list for "onigiri man", Takakeisho's heyamate finished with a makekoshi at his highest rank ever but looked quite good overall, I think he has some potential.
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    Goeido to Retire

    Chris gould reporting the same thing on youtube. Nikkan reporting it as well now. The pressure the jo-i regulars are putting on the older top dogs is greater and greater I think he knows ten wins is a long shot and wanted to retire as an ozeki. The yokozuna can buy more time but I wouldn't be surprised if both retire this year as well. https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202001270000746.html
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I don't know if this is the place and if it has been reported here before but Chris Gould on youtube is reporting that Goiedo is seriously considering retirement, as well as veteran Toyonoshima down in juryo. We should have announcements coming in the next few days.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Tokushoryu's yusho full Interview, I did my best but far from perfect. Question guy : This is your first the yusho, congratulations ! Tokushoryu : Thank you very much ! (bows in every direction) Question guy : What do you think of the athmosphere of the Kokugikan right now ? Tokushoryu : I am just wondering, is it ok for me to get the yusho ? Question guy : If we look at that last bout I think everyone would agree you deserve it ! Tokushoryu : I appreciate very much if people are happy for me Question guy : You were M17W last rank on the makuuchi banzuke... Tokushoryu : yes I was but I didn't feel scared, I just felt I just have to give my best and to keep going. Q : Around the midway point of the basho people probably talked to you about getting the yusho right ? T : I wasn't thinking about it at all, well that's a lie... I was thinking about it quite a lot ! (laugh) Q: Even when you were sole leader you declared "I'm not thinking about the yusho", so that was a lie ? T: Yes aha I was practising for this interview. Q: What were your impressions when you saw you were paired with Takakeisho to fight in the musubi T: Well, I just kept telling myself that it was enough to keep going while giving all I have, enough if I manage a good tachiai. I did that all basho long so I approched senshuraku with the same feeling. Q: During the jikan mae part of the pre bout ritual we saw you drink a bit of water... T: Yeah, my throat was quite dry (laugh) Q: Were you thinking 'if I win this one I am champion' ? T: I didn't think about that, I just thought let's concentrate on that one and see how it goes (probably a lie too...) Q: you god a migi yotsu grip and relentlessly attacked ozeki Takakeisho, it was probably your best bout this tournament T: yes I got my grip and attacked, Takakeisho was moving around the dohyo so I thought it could be dangerous but I thought I had no choice but to keep going. Q: Did something give you strength you in that dangerous moment ? T: My mentor and coach at Kindai university, Mr.Itô passed away during the basho (tears). I felt that he was not just watching me but actually there with me on the dohyo. Q: I think your coach can see you standing you there right now, is there anything you would have liked to tell him ? T: I've always wanted to bring him a good news, every time I feel weak I try to remember his face. Q: it's the first time in 98 years that a rikishi from the Nara prefecture wins the yusho T: Aha yeah sorry about that... Q: You have some good news to report to your local support T: yes, I believe I do Q: You are 33 years old but young rikishi are in the spotlight recently, what do you think about that ? T: I just give my best and tell myself 'you are not 33 years old already, you are only 33' Q: you were returning to makuuchi from juryo this basho and declared you always want to aim higher, what is your aim now following that result ? (shouts of "Yokozuna" in the arena) T: I want to go how far I can go ! Q: What sumo do you want to do next basho ? T: I want to do my own dynamic sumo Q: Your mother is in the building today T: I can't say that all the time cause it's a bit embarassing, but mom, dad, thank you so much for raising me ! https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202001260000564.html
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    You gotta love Tokushoryu man, such a down to earth likable and funny guy. I am so happy for him, if it was easy to get a yusho at such a low rank it would happen a lot more often. He had some serious opponents and still managed 14 wins, yes 14. Congratulations to him !
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Wow that is truly a different Shodai, not giving up, not backing down, strong, confident. Usually nodowa works really well against him but it didn't work for Daieisho this time. What a bout. Hokutofuji did really well to fight back too.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    A lot of these guys were on the same stable too.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Isn't there a rule thay says there should be at least two ozeki ? I don't remember what is the procedure when the situation happens and they can promote anyone ? I think one of the yokozuna is considered a special ozeki or something can anyone elaborate on that ?
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Shodai looks so happy aha, I don't know if he is going to take the yusho but man it was so nice to see him like that
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Well looks like we're going to have another Ozeki demotion for Haru. That would mean only 1 ozeki and probably an extended sanyaku
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Great comeback from Asanoyama, what a throw !
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    And now a few quotes from sole leader Shodai. Reflecting on today's win against former Ozeki Tochinoshin 'My tachiai was good. After the impact I could move forward a lot with my second step' On being sole leader 'I'm feeling the pressure, there's a lot of guys with only one loss after all' On the reasons of his good form 'It's not like I am in top condition... I really wonder why I'm able to keep winning like that ?" Shodai is currently weighting 170 kilos so up 5 kilos from his usual 165 kgs. https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/photonews/photonews_nsInc_202001170000684-1.html
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    This article made me laugh, Nikkan wrote a very short article just to say that as usual Endo didn't say anything when interviewed . 'I'm glad I won' 'I could concentrate well' were his only two answer again today... https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202001170000786.html
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Meisei should be watching this from home...
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    First report on Tsurugisho, it's the left knee indeed. As he was trying to stay in Tsurugisho said he heard a sound coming from left knee region and is in pain. Let's hope it's not too serious.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Good to see Kotoshogiku still has some fight in him, 3rd straight win after these two bad losses