Isegahama oyakata has his own doubts over Terunofuji’s knees. He can drive forward but can’t retreat or pivot effectively. Apparently there’s been quite a bit of embarrassment over the fact that he ended the last tournament on a 9-bout losing streak. However, that’s not been his worst performance this year. Back in March he went on a 13-bout schneid. In between these he achieved kachi-koshi in May on one of those final day prayer bouts. Anything less than 8 wins will result in demotion. Conversely, anything more than 7 wins may result in suspicion. Here’s to a healthy Terunofuji…or pulling out of the tournament. In 2002, Kaio pulled out of the November after day 4 and missed all of the January 2003 basho yet returned -still as Ozeki – in March.