As expected, injured Yokozuna Hakuho will not compete in the Aki basho in Tokyo, as was announced minutes ago. Definitive word came via the NHK news web site.
Hakuho has been nursing an injured left knee since the Nagoya basho, but it has been getting steadily worse. This is the same knee that had surgical repair during September of 2016. The repairs seemed to have worked for a time, but now the pain, swelling and stiffness has returned.
We wish Hakuho good fortune and a speedy recovery.
His withdrawl leaves Harumafuji as the only Yokozuna who will start the Aki basho on Sunday.