Harumafuji’s Injury Worries


YDC Chairman Moriya Comments On Yokozuna Performance

70th Yokozuna Harumafuji has had a terrible start to the Hatsu basho. In his first 4 days he has lost 2 matches, and those were to rank and file rikishi. In fact, this is the first time he has ever lost two straight bouts at the opening of a basho.

Clearly the problem is the ongoing weakness in his feet and ankles, due to injuries that have never been given a chance to properly heal. Sumo is difficult on the body, and over time the damage accumulates. Sumo also imposes a relentless, non-stop schedule that offers little time for rest or recovery.

Sadly, the chairman of the Yokozuna Deliberation Council, Hideshige Moriya, commented that if Harumafuji continues to struggle, it would be appropriate for him to retire. Details (in Japanese) here

In my personal opinion, that would be a huge loss for the sport.