Today, the Jungyo was on a day off, and the tired rikishi went back to Tokyo to rest a little. So there are no torikumi or keiko to inform you about, and instead, here are a couple of Yokozuna items from the media.
Hakuho confirms his return on the 14th
The Dai-Yokozuna has confirmed that he will join the Jungyo on October 14th, when it stops at Kanazawa. In the meantime, he is mainly doing shiko and teppo back in Miyagino beya. “I wish to bring my body back to a state where I can take butsukari”, he said, “though I’ll start from torikumi and build up from there”.
As it turns out, during the Aki basho Hakuho fasted for four straight days (he already did that once during his recovery from his last injury), and lost 10kg off his weight, of which he gained back 5kg by now, ending up with the scale pointing at 150kg. “I believe I’ll be able to do sumo more easily this way”, he said.
He added that he also found a new stretching method, and that now both mentally and physically he is back in shape.
Kisenosato invents new ways to puzzle the press
So yesterday I reported that all Jungyo-attending Yokozuna exercised outdoors, each in his own fashion. Kisenosato’s fashion, it appears, involves using a wooden sword:
Apparently, the Yokozuna just found this wooden sword lying around. So he used it to improve his Shikiri. Does that need practice? “Yes, it’s a fundamental” said the Yokozuna. “That’s also important”. And the sword? He was not too forthcoming about the role of the sword.
My personal guess is that Kisenosato is trying to find ways to distract attention from his injured arm. Or he just likes to confuse the heck out of nagging sports reporters.
Famous nephew comes third in High-School championship
This is not really Jungyo-related, but somewhat Yokozuna-related. The famous young nephew of moto-Yokozuna Asashoryu came third in the National Sports Festival Junior Championship that took place two days ago. He repeated his wish to join the professionals in the forthcoming Kyushu basho, so watch out for the mae-zumo listings.