Yokozuna Deliberation Council Meeting – Goeido?


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Promotion Requires A Second Yusho With At Least 13 Wins

If I read this correctly, it seems that shortly after Aki completed, the Yokozuna Deliberation Council met to discuss Goeido’s Zensho-Yusho, and what it might mean for a 72nd Yokozuna.

Article from the NHK News below (pardon any translation errors)

そのうえで過去2年間で負け越すと大関を陥落する角番を4回経験していることについては問題視しない考えを示し、九州場所での横綱昇進の基準は、内規どおり、ふた場所連続優勝かそれに準ずる成績を求めました。
そして「個人的には13勝以上の優勝ならば賛成する。今場所のすばらしい内容が続けば期待できる」と話していました。

Roughly, Goeido would be considered for promotion to Yokozuna if he takes a second straight Yusho, with at least 13 wins. That’s a high bar indeed, but at least the sumo fans know what it would take to see a Japanese Yokozuna in 2016.

Frankly, I would prefer they not fast-track Goeido, as we have seen some less than stellar results from Ozeki given their rope without a consistent long-term history of high performance. With Hakuho possibly returning for November, we will once again see the dynamics that have kept the ranks fairly static for several years.

Good luck to Goeido, with grave condolences to Kisenosato.

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