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So no attempt to return to the paid ranks after all, just waited to pick up the last paycheck for December, fair enough. I suppose it's weird to say that a 36-year-old rikishi's retirement is untimely, but it all fell apart awfully quickly for him at the end, considering we're less than a year removed from the time that he scored that long-awaited first top division KK... Still, over 10 years as sekitori and most of that as heya-gashira of a stable that usually had at least one more sekitori, that's a fine career. I'll miss his varied style of sumo - straight-forward as the default but always with the ability to dig into the bag of tricks when needed.

I wonder if he's going to stay in Japan?


Trivia notes: Azumaryu was the first non-Japanese recruit who had to undergo the now-customary one basho waiting period after his shindeshi examination due to changes to the applicable visa rules. He finishes his career as only the 7th rikishi to spend 50+ tournaments in the juryo division.

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Intai press conference today - Azumaryu has no plans for the future yet - he'd like to become a bridge between Mongolia and Japan. The danpatsushiki is planned for Sep. 28th in the kokugikan, after the Aki basho.

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with Tamanoi-oyakata

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and wife and kids (6, 16, 12 - Azumaryu II?)

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No career pics in the papers - only this

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his final win, and last bout in the kokugikan - Aki day 15 vs. Akua - one last bout in Kyushu after this

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Along with Mitoryu (til recently) he was a fixture in Juryo. One day he'd be unceremoniously bumped out like he forgot where he was, the next he'd pull off a slick throw for the win. Always kind of looked like he had an injury bugging him (knees?).

Glad he got a Makuuchi KK before he packed it in though. He outperformed my expectations for him and I hope retirement treats him well.

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He had the size, the strength and the skills but as Chris pointed out in an excellent assessment, he fought for a decade with one completely knackered knee. And if you have to fight on one leg then, sooner or later, the good leg is going to give way.

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With the intai officially announced, Azumaryu appears on Gaga's channel today

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