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  1. Inside Sport Japan

    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Talk, Natsu 2022

    New juryo interviews scheduled for this morning: Oshoma Chiyosakae Nishikawa (All are provisional. Confirmation will come in one hour or so)
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    Trivia bits

    Gokushindo's retirement leaves Mitoryu as the only (active) rikishi in Nishikido Beya.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Top two for everyone
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Without defining 'Japanified' a quick verbal poll of the four people in the office here had him placed as the least Japanified of that group by three people and second from bottom by the other. It's subjective naturally but still interesting that you have the opposite impression.
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    Sumo articles by journalists who are Forum members/or not

    Fan-produced content boosts sumo's international visibility - Japan Times (Contains mentions of this site and several of its members)
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    2023 World Sumo Championships

    The IFS has withdrawn hosting rights for the 2023 SWC from Russia.
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    Banzuke for Natsu 2022

    The Japan Times had a banzuke discussion that morphed into a kind of general sumo conversation on Twitter last night. It's available on demand (for how long?) at this link.
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    USA National Sumo Championships

    Ex-Wakanoho did a few events as well. Minaminoshima and Hoshikari likewise have strapped on mawashi in Australia. Former ozeki Baruto even competed in (and won) a tournament in Estonia a couple of years back. A few years ago the IFS codified what had previously been just the custom of former sekitori not competing in amateur tournaments so the latter two men won't be seen at the World Championships or World Games at any stage. Those who have reached makushita or lower are still eligible to compete as far as we know. In the case of private tournaments like the US Open or exhibition events such as 'Sumo & Sushi' you'll still see former makunouchi men competing (performing).
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    Banzuke for Natsu 2022

    2022 Natsu Basho Banzuke Sheet
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    USA National Sumo Championships

    There were weight divisions but there was also an 'open-weight' competition that like ozumo has no limits. In the World Championships you can't enter more than one weight class so those in the open-weight competition mostly tend to be heavyweights. In the US Nationals, and other smaller tournaments around the world, open-weight tournaments also contain athletes that earlier fought in lightweight, middleweight etc. The reason is two-fold. (1) They don't have large numbers of competitors and would struggle to fill two heavy weight style competitions. (2) With wrestlers traveling long distances and paying their own way it prevents one-and-done kind of situations by giving them a second bite at the cherry so to speak and also helps ensure people don't just lose interest and leave early in the day.
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    Banzuke for Natsu 2022

    Which is after the banzuke was made right?
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    Kyokai joint keiko Natsu 2022

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    New recruits Haru 2022

    We always have all the info like this each time if you want it.
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    New recruits Natsu 2022

    Okuyama apparently took the March basho test today not the May one and will be on the banzuke next basho.
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    New recruits Natsu 2022

    Late switch with Yoshiki Yamada of Dewanoumi not taking the test and Haruto Okuyama of Hakkaku being added.