In an article published in Mainichi, a member of the Yokozuna Deliberation Committee is quoted, urging Kisenosato to heal, recover and get healthy. Recent reports have highlighted the Yokozuna’s efforts to prepare not only for the Aki basho, but to join the Jungyo tour later this month.
In the article, Mr Kitamura is quoted as saying that Kisenosato should commit to skipping the Aki basho. Saying, “Don’t be foolish, even if the fans beg you to compete, prioritized your recovery”.
As a western observer viewing this from afar, there is an odd push-pull being playing out in the media around Kisenosato. I note that as long as Kisenosato himself does not accept that his injury is significant and cannot “heal naturally”, he will continue to think he is just days or weeks from returning to full health.