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Officially only tomorrow, definite already. The acceptance phrase is in the focus of the media. The procedures are explained in detail (in Japanese): https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200324/k10012346711000.html

Yesterday at a press conference in the heya.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iJ2WdtcKUc&t=6m

Hakuho thinks of him as his likely successor in leading the sumo world, in his morning after interview https://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20200323/sum20032320220011-n1.html

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JSA officially approves Asanoyama's ozeki promotion

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Sekiwake Asanoyama was officially promoted to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association board of directors.

The news provided a bright spot amid the coronavirus bleakness with Asanoyama saying in his kojo stage speech he is ready for the added responsibility and expectations ahead of the May grand tournament.

"I will live up to my name as ozeki and love the sport of sumo, fulfill justice as rikishi (sumo wrestler) and exert myself to the utmost," he said...

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200325/p2g/00m/0sp/045000c

 

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Stats about Asanoyama's promotion.

- First new ozeki since Takakeisho's promotion last May
- 27th new ozeki since the Heisei era
- 250th ozeki overall since records have been kept
- 4th ozeki to be born in the Heisei era
- 3rd ozeki from Toyama prefecture since the Meiji era, 5th overall
- The Meiji era ozeki from Toyama prefecture are wrestlers that put Asanoyama in pretty good company as they are 20th Yokozuna Umegatani and 22nd Yokozuna Tachiyama
- 111 years since the promotion of a Toyama prefecture ozeki (Tachiyama)
- First new ozeki for Takasago beya since Asashoryu in Aki 2002
- 8th collegiate wrestler to make ozeki
- First sandanme tsukedashi to make ozeki since the creation of the system in 2015
- His 3 basho in sanyaku to promotion is tied for 8th fastest rise since the Showa era, and tied for 2nd fastest rise since the 6 basho per year system

https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202003250000132.html

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No masks?  No social distancing? What is this?!

Jokes aside, congrats to Asanoyama on a thoroughly deserved promotion. I only hope he doesn’t have to wait until 2021 to make his Ozeki debut.

 

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I'm happy for him.  He really does seem to be a humble, positive guy; and brute strong, too.  Hope he sticks.

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The acceptance phrase of the new ozeki: 相撲を愛し力士として正義を全う Loving sumo and as a rikishi entirely righteous - sumo o ai shi, rikishi to shite, seigi o mattou

in full with the standards: so that I don't disgrace the name of ozeki, ... and so with outmost effort

大関の名に恥じぬよう相撲を愛し、力士として正義を全うし一生懸命努力します

local NHK https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/toyama/20200325/3060004065.html

HiruObi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwQ9_tjOxNU&t=40m36s

Love and righteousness are the motto of his Toyama commercial high school, the standards were the phrase of the shisho, Asashio

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Any idea yet who is likely to become his new shisho when Asashio reaches 65 in December?

 

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18 minutes ago, Swami said:

Any idea yet who is likely to become his new shisho when Asashio reaches 65 in December?

 

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Probably Nishikijima aka Asasekiryu or Wakamatsu aka Asanowaka. Can't imagine they would bring somebody from the outside to take over.

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4 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

Probably Nishikijima aka Asasekiryu or Wakamatsu aka Asanowaka. Can't imagine they would bring somebody from the outside to take over.

I guess Wakamatsu - the name Takasago used at first. And Asashoryu could become part time heya advisor ...

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1 hour ago, Akinomaki said:

I guess Wakamatsu - the name Takasago used at first. And Asashoryu could become part time heya advisor ...

Asasekiryu or Asashoryu?

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Asasekiryu is already coach as oyakata

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2 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

I guess Wakamatsu - the name Takasago used at first. And Asashoryu could become part time heya advisor ...

Why would Asashoryu want to come back to sumo in that capacity? Isn’t he a very successful multi-millionaire businessman now? Seems like a step down.

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On 24/03/2020 at 06:27, Akinomaki said:

Hakuho thinks of him as his likely successor in leading the sumo world, in his morning after interview

This is, I think, quite significant.  Hakuho is backing the kyokai's decision to promote Asanoyama to Ozeki despite a degree of reservation from certain observers re the numbers and the fusensho involved in qualifying.

In addition, one should keep in mind that Hakuho did not say the same thing about Takakeisho when he got promoted exactly one year ago.  The Dai-Yokozuna has intimate knowledge of both men's oozumo skills, not to mention a good eye for talent.

So Hakuho's statement is both a nod to talent and a nod to the NSK.  Hakuho is flexing his muscles on and off the dohyo.  Colour me impressed.

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Congratulations to Asanoyama. I don't believe it's the 32/45 that matters so much as his 61/90 (with a 12/3 yusho and a very understandable post-yusho slump to 7-8) featuring 5 double-digit scores in the last six basho. That's ozeki sumo - end of.

Hakuho nominated Asanoyama as his likely successor, so don't be surprised if Asanoyama is the yokozuna doing the dohyo iri at the 2121 Olympics opening ceremony. All he has to do is continue doing his excellent sumo and gaining experience at the same rate, so I hope he gets the chance to in May and beyond.

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1 hour ago, Amamaniac said:

This is, I think, quite significant.  Hakuho is backing the kyokai's decision to promote Asanoyama to Ozeki despite a degree of reservation from certain observers re the numbers and the fusensho involved in qualifying.

In addition, one should keep in mind that Hakuho did not say the same thing about Takakeisho when he got promoted exactly one year ago.  The Dai-Yokozuna has intimate knowledge of both men's oozumo skills, not to mention a good eye for talent.

So Hakuho's statement is both a nod to talent and a nod to the NSK.  Hakuho is flexing his muscles on and off the dohyo.  Colour me impressed.

Yet Asanoyama will most likely remain winless against Hakuho as Sekiwake, whereas Takakeisho... B-)

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19 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

Yet Asanoyama will most likely remain winless against Hakuho as Sekiwake, whereas Takakeisho... B-)

You have a point, but the one time that Takakeisho "upset the GOAT cart" was in a tournament from which Hakuho ended up withdrawing (i.e., was fighting with an injury).  I suspect that you might contest the severity of the injury, and suggest that Hakuho withdrew out of embarrassment.  But I contest that timing is everything, or at least it is something... (Scratchingchin...)

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26 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

Yet Asanoyama will most likely remain winless against Hakuho as Sekiwake, whereas Takakeisho... B-)

In days gone by, an aging Yokozuna would often retire after a loss or two against their unofficial successor. Perhaps Hakuho is both laying down the gauntlet to Asanoyama and letting everyone know where his own new benchmark is. i.e. When the day comes that Asanoyama gets the better of him, he will step aside.

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10 hours ago, WAKATAKE said:

Stats about Asanoyama's promotion.

- First sandanme tsukedashi to make ozeki in the 15 year history of that particular system

Since 2015, not 15 years.

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1 hour ago, Asashosakari said:

Since 2015, not 15 years.

Fixed, thanks.

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A rijicho gotta do what a rijicho gotta do.
Ok scores, ok sumo, ok potencial and the risk of no ozeki in Nagoya? Not much to think about it...

 

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8 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

Why would Asashoryu want to come back to sumo in that capacity? Isn’t he a very successful multi-millionaire businessman now? Seems like a step down.

Part-time. He could devote as much or as little time to it as he wishes.

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