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Takakeisho rolls up sleeves ahead of campaign for ozeki promotion

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Japanese sumo wrestler Takakeisho said Wednesday he sees himself in a new light as he began training ahead of next month's Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, where he aims to secure promotion to the sport's second-highest rank.

Takakeisho, who currently fights as a sekiwake, will be gunning for a promotion to ozeki at the March 10-24 meet in Osaka Prefecture. He missed his chance at January's New Year meet despite meeting some of the criteria typically needed to reach the rank.

"I used to waffle on the subject (of promotion) by saying 'I hope to go up the banzuke rankings' instead of using the word ozeki," said Takakeisho, who won his maiden championship in November.

"I need to force myself into a position (to go after promotion). The more pressure the better."

The 22-year-old said he hopes to achieve the milestone at the Spring tournament at Edion Arena Osaka, where he has both good and bad memories. He earned promotion to sumo's second-tier juryo division following the 2016 meet, but a right-foot injury forced him to pull out of last year's competition.

"I have a lot of memories about Osaka. I want this meet to lead to something great," he said...

The young sekiwake sustained a right-foot injury in the loss to ozeki Goeido, but started light training Wednesday at his Chiganoura stable in Tokyo. Takakeisho said he is not worried about his condition despite being uncertain of when he can resume wrestling.

"I'll be fine. I'll treat the injury while I train. All wrestlers are going through some kind of pain," he said.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190206/p2g/00m/0sp/126000c

 

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Tamawashi gets the ABC treatment:

http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005551221

Miki-san calls Tamawashi's family background "unique" among Mongolian sumo champions, but I seem to recall Kakuryu having a similar family background (i.e., teacher parents with no wrestling pedigree).  And I'm not sure if "bouble-grip" is an actual term or simply a typo for "double".  But the photo with his sister from 2005 was a nice look back to the time shortly after Tamawashi started his ozumo career.  He's come a long way!

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Sumo wrestlers’ bodies are probably reaching a critical limit.

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Former sumo yokozuna Kitanofuji, now a TV commentator, suggesting that the increasing number of injuries in the sport is due to the increased weight of wrestlers.

https://japantoday.com/category/quote-of-the-day/sumo-wrestlers’-bodies-are-probably-reaching-a-critical-limit.

 

 

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Mr Gunning has been busy...thankfully!  

Sumo 101: Wakaimonogashira (youth supervisor) and Seiwanin (manager)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2019/03/12/sumo/sumo-101-wakaimonogashira-sewanin/#.XIlRkC2ZOfc

Attendants play an important role in ring-entering ceremony

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2019/03/13/sumo/attendants-play-important-role-ring-entering-ceremony/#.XIlRzy2ZOfc

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Takanohana: The nail that sumo pounded down

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BY JOHN GUNNING

This is the ninth in a series on influential figures in the Heisei Era, which began in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30. In Heisei, Japan was roiled by economic excess and stagnation, as well as a struggle for political and social reform. This series explores those who left their imprint along the way.

In sumo’s 2,000-year history, few men have been as steeped in the sport’s traditions as Koji Hanada.

Born into sumo royalty, the man better known as Takanohana ended up rejecting those conventions and rituals, publicly and emphatically.

Given that he was part of a dynasty that had dominated tabloid headlines over the decades, to an even greater extent than it did his opponents in the ring, Takanohana’s turn from golden boy to rebellious antihero still came as a shock to many...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/04/national/takanohana-nail-sumo-pounded/

 

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