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Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

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Understood there is a thread speculating if Terunofuji will be made Yokozuna. But Nikkan Sports has stated that the YDC has unanimously voted for Terunofuji to be made the 73rd Yokozuna: https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202107190000663.html and I think it deserves a thread all on its own. Congratulations, Yokozuna Terunofuji! 

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Congratulations to him. What an achievement! What a comeback! That's for sure a comeback for the ages

And what an amazing achievement for Isegahama, two yokozuna promotions within a decade. Great job!

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Technically it's not formal yet, as the YDC's recommendation has yet to be accepted by the board and the banzuke committee and that will not be done till Wednesday. But seeing as the YDC was convened on the board's request and it's a unanimous approval, it's as good as done.

Congratulations to the 73rd yokozuna, Terunofuji Haruo.

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Yeah, congratulations to Terunofuji. You made the road stupidly hard for yourself, but what a comeback!

Congratulations also to Isegahama-san. You know me, never one to do a db query, but I expect he's joined a fairly exclusive oyakata club there.

I was a fan of Asahifuji (and fortunate enough to witness his final appearances on a dohyo at the Royal Albert Hall in October 1991), but I went right off him when he didn't force Terunofuji to go kyujo to get his knees fixed back in 2016. I still have 'if only' feelings about that, but he's back in my good books now.

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And to think this time last year we and everyone in Japan were celebrating his M17 yusho and remarking on his incredible comeback. Who honestly expected he’d have so much more left to give? 

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1 minute ago, Eikokurai said:

And to think this time last year we and everyone in Japan were celebrating his M17 yusho and remarking on his incredible comeback. Who honestly expected he’d have so much more left to give? 

I didn't think he'd make it back to Juryo.

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Just now, Kintamayama said:

I didn't think he'd make it back to Juryo.

You were right in a sense. He’ll never go back there again! (Laughing...)

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Just now, Kintamayama said:

I didn't think he'd make it back to Juryo.

I said he should retire...

The turning point in my expectations came when he acted sensibly and went kyujo after getting 8 wins in September, followed by a 13-2D in November. That's when I realised the inexorable beast was actually back, but this time taking care of himself. 

It's all been... well... inexorable since then.

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1 minute ago, RabidJohn said:

I said he should retire...

The turning point in my expectations came when he acted sensibly and went kyujo after getting 8 wins in September, followed by a 13-2D in November. That's when I realised the inexorable beast was actually back, but this time taking care of himself. 

It's all been... well... inexorable since then.

I would totally agree, if I knew what inexorable meant.

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16 minutes ago, RabidJohn said:

Congratulations also to Isegahama-san. You know me, never one to do a db query, but I expect he's joined a fairly exclusive oyakata club there.

Off the top of my head, Tatsunami oyakata who oversaw the promotion of Futabayama and Haguroyama prewar, and Kitanofuji, then Kokonoe-oyakata who oversaw the promotions of Chiyonofuji and Hokutoumi.

DB adds Takanosato and Wakanohana II, both of Futagoyama (overseen by Wakanohana I), and Takanohana II and Wakanohana III, also of Futagoyama (but overseen by Takanohana I prior to Fujishima's merger with Futagoyama). 

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49 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

I didn't think he'd make it back to Juryo.

Me neither - I voted for upper makushita in that poll. 

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When I first heard of sumo, i learned that Akebono is just the 64th Yokozuna in the 1000 year old history and I thought becoming a Yokozuna is  something very rare. Little did I know. Congratulations to the 73rd.

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Just now, ArvidMan said:

Great! I wonder who is going to be the next one :-)

Three months ago I'd have said Akiseyama . . .  (Weeping...)

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1 hour ago, Seiyashi said:

Off the top of my head, Tatsunami oyakata who oversaw the promotion of Futabayama and Haguroyama prewar, and Kitanofuji, then Kokonoe-oyakata who oversaw the promotions of Chiyonofuji and Hokutoumi.

DB adds Takanosato and Wakanohana II, both of Futagoyama (overseen by Wakanohana I), and Takanohana II and Wakanohana III, also of Futagoyama (but overseen by Takanohana I prior to Fujishima's merger with Futagoyama). 

Also Hanakago (former maegashira Onoumi) who raised Wakanohana I and Wajima.

Subject to the official confirmation, hearty congratulations to Terunofuji from the Swami!

 

Swami

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1 hour ago, Eikokurai said:

And to think this time last year we and everyone in Japan were celebrating his M17 yusho and remarking on his incredible comeback. Who honestly expected he’d have so much more left to give? 

I'm sorry but I find the contrast between your positive comment & your avatar, where the man in question is down on all fours under a celebrating aite, hilarious. (Laughing...) My sense of humour could be more politically correct, I'd say.

1 hour ago, Kintamayama said:

I didn't think he'd make it back to Juryo.

Only the most optimistic people did, as far as I recall. We may or may not have found it delusional, especially as he kept struggling past jonidan bouts, being shoved nonstop while unable to move - winning on the account of his upper body weight and strength alone.

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Congratulations to Terunofuji! An amazingly inspirational story. May he thrive under the rank and go into history as a worthy yokozuna.

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7 minutes ago, Koorifuu said:

I'm sorry but I find the contrast between your positive comment & your avatar, where the man in question is down on all fours under a celebrating aite, hilarious. (Laughing...) My sense of humour could be more politically correct, I'd say.

Only the most optimistic people did, as far as I recall. We may or may not have found it delusional, especially as he kept struggling past jonidan bouts, being shoved nonstop while unable to move - winning on the account of his upper body weight and strength alone.

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Congratulations to Terunofuji! An amazingly inspirational story. May he thrive under the rank and go into history as a worthy yokozuna.

Hehe. I just choose photos I think are cool. They are in no way a sign of political affiliation.

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Ah great comeback, with a certain value of redemption. Just an all around great story. While I wasn't as sure as some others that he would get promoted with a Jun Yusho, I couldn't help but be impressed and once he hit 14 wins it seemed certain. 

I was among those disappointed with the henka against Kotoshogiku which happened in the second Basho I watched "as it happened", but I respect the achievement so much.

I now hope Takakeisho can come back at a 100% and keep their rivalry alive and comparatively evenly matched. Those two had some entertaining matches 

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11 minutes ago, Thorbjarn said:

 

I now hope Takakeisho can come back at a 100% and keep their rivalry alive and comparatively evenly matched. Those two had some entertaining matches 

I'm going to guranteee Takakeishou's Yokozuna promotion by saying he'll be in Maegashira this time next year.

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1 hour ago, Gernobono said:

When I first heard of sumo, i learned that Akebono is just the 64th Yokozuna in the 1000 year old history and I thought becoming a Yokozuna is  something very rare. Little did I know. Congratulations to the 73rd.

Well, the title was only really introduced much later than sumo began. I think it averages out to one every 2-3 years since the 1890s

http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi_stat.aspx?kaku=1

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Heartfelt Congrats to the 73rd Yokozuna! The GREATEST comeback in sumo history! We had to wait 6 years, but YOKOZUNA Terunofuji has arrived!

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2 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

I'm going to guranteee Takakeishou's Yokozuna promotion by saying he'll be in Maegashira this time next year.

Thank you, Sir. 

I would have been fine with him keeping Ozeki for a while, but I will take the positively jinxed Takakeisho as No. 74

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Great news for Terunofuji and great news for sumo given what has happened to the Yokozuna campaigns of Asanoyama and Takakeisho (I considered including Shodai in that statement, then thought better of it).

 

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Glad he got promoted. Should have been in 2015 and should have been in March/May of this year. Him being able to take off tournaments when he isn't 100% is really going to help him out.

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