Word comes this morning (Japan time) that Yokozuna Kakuryu will be absent from the kyushu basho with renewed injuries to his lower back. This comes as a surprise as he had looked solid in training and jungyo over the past several weeks.
This is the fourth consecutive tournament that Kakuryu will miss some or all of a basho, and seriously calls into question his continued viability as an active Yokozuna. Kakuryu took the championship last year at Kyushu, with a solid set of 14 wins. His fans were eager to see him defend his title, and excitement was high to have a tournament with all four Yokozuna active.
We wish Kakuryu good fortune and a speedy recovery.