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Ex-Makuuchi rikishi Zaonishiki passes away

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Former top division rikishi Zaonishiki has passed away at the age of 67. He retired as an Oyakata in September of last year.

He was active between 1970 and 1983, and spent 46 basho as a sekitori, reaching M1 and getting one kinboshi against Kitanoumi at Aki 1981. He also won a Juryo yusho under the shikona Adachi.

http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?shikona=蔵玉錦&heya=-1&shusshin=-1&b=-1&high=-1&hd=-1&entry=-1&intai=-1&sort=1

https://www.nikkansports.com/m/battle/sumo/news/202008090001030_m.html?mode=all

(I couldn’t remember if there is a general thread for announcements of this nature. If so, please merge where necessary.)

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Fixed spelling of his name
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He seemed to have been a late bloomer.  Five years to Juryo, three more years there with an occasional cup-of-coffee in lowest Makuuchi, then a three year run as Maegashira.  And, has anyone borrowed more kabu than his eight?

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3 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

(I couldn’t remember if there is a general thread for announcements of this nature. If so, please merge where necessary.)

There is a Sumo obituaries thread but it's not used that much. Most of the bigger names get their own thread. 

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1 hour ago, Yamanashi said:

And, has anyone borrowed more kabu than his eight?


Meet Wakajishi, whose luck finally ran out after a 13-year rollercoaster ride.

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Wakajishi may have gone through more but Zaonishiki was borrowing for over 30 years before he finally got hold of the Takekuma kabu. That must be a record. 

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Cause of death is multiple myeloma. Ex-Zaonishiki had retired from the reemployed oyakata post last September. The funeral service is on the 13th.

Only a few pics

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the juryo yusho Aki 1976 as Adachi (left), with other lower div yusho

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2010 as Nishikijima-oyakata

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Today was the funeral service for ex-Zaonishiki, Mr. Adachi. Including the tsuya yesterday, about 180 attended, but in consideration of Corona prevention, no sekitori were among them. As having been close for nearly 20 years, Izutsu was there both days. As coaching oyakata, Zaonishiki switched from Kagamiyama-beya to Tokitsukaze-beya in the year Toyonoshima entered there. Tokitsukaze-oyakata and same school year and close friend Oshima-oyakata also attended.

In an extra room, photos from his active days and kesho mawashi were on display. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202008130000353.html

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