September 2020: Day 3 Roundup

We’re three days into the September basho and there already have been many talking points. So, without further ado, let’s discuss sumo! Days 1 – 3 Well, not really surprising due to the amount of injuries going around in professional Sumo’s current climate, but many rikishi have pulled out of this Aki tournament: Yokozuna, Hakuho,Continue reading “September 2020: Day 3 Roundup”

Day 15 Highlights

Today marked the 15th and final day of play in the July 2020 basho and with the prospect of a four way fight for the Yūshō at the start of play, day 15’s action provided an entertaining ending to the first Sumo tournament since March. Ichinojo Granted a Makuuchi Bout for Final Day Ichinojo madeContinue reading “Day 15 Highlights”

Day 14 Highlights

Kotoyuki Absent Through Injury Kotoyuki has pulled out of the July basho after sustaining a knee injury in his fight against Shimanoumi on Day 13. Takanosho Secures Kachi-Koshi; Significant Final Bout for Tokushoryu Takanosho secured his kachi-koshi on Day 14 in the bout against March basho winner: Tokushoryu. Takanosho now stands with 8 wins andContinue reading “Day 14 Highlights”

Day 13 Highlights

Tochinoshin Kachi-Koshi In the first bout of the day, Tochinoshin achieved his first kachi-koshi in over a year meaning he now has scored more wins than losses in this July basho. Tochinoshin fought Chiyomaru in the day 13 opening bout in a mawashi battle. Kotoshoho Kachi-Koshi Along with Tochinoshin, the young rikishi Kotoshoho has achievedContinue reading “Day 13 Highlights”

July 2020 Day 9: Enho denied victory against Ozeki Takakeisho

In the penultimate bout of the day, Maegashira #6 Enho faced Ozeki Takakeisho in a fierce encounter which ended after a controversial decision by the gyoji gifted Takakeisho the victory. The match referee awarded Takakeisho the bout after a mono-ii (a process whereby the sideline referees congregate to elucidate which rikishi left the ring first)Continue reading “July 2020 Day 9: Enho denied victory against Ozeki Takakeisho”

July 2020 Day 8: Mid-point reflections

We’ve had a fascinating start to this July basho – taking place in Tokyo’s Kokugikan arena. Now, with the completion of the 8th day of Sumo, it is time to reflect on the first half of the tournament and highlight a few surprises and upsets, along with an update on the Yūshō contention race. KakuryuContinue reading “July 2020 Day 8: Mid-point reflections”

Day 7 Highlights

Abi absent from Day 7 Abi is out from day 7 for breaching Sumo’s infection mitigation restrictions after visiting a restaurant with friends on day 6. The decision to remove Abi from play was made by his oyakata (stablemaster) so that he can learn to make more responsible decisions in the future. It is unclearContinue reading “Day 7 Highlights”

Day 5 Highlight Bout: Takayasu VS Terunofuji

Takayasu and Terunofuji – both former Ozeki – have historically been an even matchup, with Takayasu just edging out in front of his Mongolian counterpart by winning 8 and losing 7 of their previous encounters. At the start of play on Day 5, the former Ozeki Takayasu had scored 2 wins and 2 losses thisContinue reading “Day 5 Highlight Bout: Takayasu VS Terunofuji”

Day-4 Highlight Bout: Enho VS Aoiyama

In the sport of Sumo, there can hardly be a more disproportionate matchup than these two rikishi; at 169.0cm tall and weighing just 96kg, Enho is the smallest rikishi in the dohyo during the July tournament, whilst his Bulgarian opponent, Aoiyama, is 192cm tall and weighs 194kg. Watch Day-4’s bout here: Taking into account theContinue reading “Day-4 Highlight Bout: Enho VS Aoiyama”