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Via Yomiuri... 14-year-old Kazuhiro Shibata 柴田和弘君, currently still a third-year student at Yubari City Ryokuyo middle school on Hokkaido, will be joining Tatsunami-beya at the end of January. Shibata is 175 cm / 105 kg, has been doing sumo since second grade and specializes in oshi-zumo. He currently lives with his 76-year-old grandmother as his parents divorced when he was young and his mother died two years ago.

Yubari is of course the city that became infamous in Japan for going bankrupt last year and Shibata's sumo club was also shuttered as part of city-wide financial cutbacks. Nevertheless, he and his club mates continued to meet, even using car headlights to illuminate their outdoors dohyo for evening practice sessions. It paid off as the team won and Shibata came in third at this year's 中体連道予選 (somethingsomething preliminary...help?).

The new kid with ex-Asahiyutaka, looking dapper as usual:

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Thanks for the link!

Great. This is good news for Sumo. A hard working kid having a bright future because he joins Ozumou.

He want's to make his granny happy...nice (Clapping wildly...)

Any idea why it's tatsunami he joins? Any connection of his Shisho to his school or shusshin?

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Yubari is of course the city that became infamous in Japan for going bankrupt last year and Shibata's sumo club was also shuttered as part of city-wide financial cutbacks. Nevertheless, he and his club mates continued to meet, even using car headlights to illuminate their outdoors dohyo for evening practice sessions. It paid off as the team won and Shibata came in third at this year's 中体連道予選 (somethingsomething preliminary...help?).

I believe this may be one of the Japanese language's short forms where they drop kanji instead of dropping vowels like we do for acronyms. I think 中体連道 is a short form for 中学校体育連盟 which is middle school (junior high school) athletics league so 中体連道予選 would be the preliminaries of the middle school (junior high school) athletics league.

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道 part of 中体連道 comes from 全道、meaning All Hokkaido, just in case you were wondering.

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1,75/105 at 14 looks good. He'll grow probably around 1,80-1,85 and around 150 at 18-20. Good size for speed and technique. And if he's really hard working then maybe we'll see him in 3-4 years as sekitori.

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1,75/105 at 14 looks good. He'll grow probably around 1,80-1,85 and around 150 at 18-20. Good size for speed and technique. And if he's really hard working then maybe we'll see him in 3-4 years as sekitori.

Admittedly I'm very rusty as to this, but 3-4 years is rather short, isn't it? Unless he turns out to be Ozeki material, isn't 6-8 years more probable (and even that takes a bit of talent)?

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