As you know, Mr. Gadd and me, Verena Hopp, brought Osunaarashi to Japan in 2011. From that time on he fought on his own.
We had help from several other wonderful people, like Mr. Gunning, Nishikido Oyakata, Komatsuryu Dojo, Mr. Hoshi - a friend of mine who wrote the invitation to Japan, Asakusa Smile, ...many many great people.
To me, the whole trip was a great learning experience. No matter how crazy a dream might be, you can reach it by working hard and with the help of others. If you help enough others to get what they want, you will also reach what you want. And - you gotta ignore the Naysayers.
This is what I teach my youngsters now, who study Japanese at Tokyo Riverside School. All foreigners who want to make it in Japan. Cannot even explain what a great work that is...helping young kids to reach their goals is the greatest gift of all. Thank you God.
When Abdelrahman introduced himself and the wish to become a Rikishi in Japan, I just had been back from my field research, writing my M.A. thesis about Contemporary Sumo, made contacts being important until this date...had been the right timing. Now looking back, its almost 4 years ago...how time flies...but what are 4 years? I became a member of this forum in 2002, had been a member of the German forum even earlier. I was a kid of 13, watching Sumo for the first time...Without all the work people who provide information put into this forum, all these hours, so much heart, nothing would have ever been possible. Thank you Forumers, from the bottom of my heart.
Yesterday I wrote an SMS to Otake Oyakata, and handed over a letter to a Rikishi of Nishikido, thanking them. Had been such a great journey so far, and yet it is just the beginning, since we are all still so young. So much more to come.
No more words needed.
Just had been interviewed about it 2 weeks ago...
Congratulations Osunaarashi, don't ever forget about the dream. I see you as Yokozuna. No doubt.
Thank you God, thank you all.