It has been announced by NHK News that Yokozuna Kisenosato has pulled out of the Kyushu Basho. Citing issues with his left ankle and back, this is the third time he will not finish a tournament this year. Kisenosato also missed the entirety of the Aki basho due to similar problems with his ankle, in addition to his persistent pectoral tear. Kisenosato going kyujo has been forecast for a few days now, as he has been getting closer and closer to a make-koshi. It has been stated several times on this already that Kisenosato returned to action one basho too soon, and we at Tachiai hope that he takes the time he needs to come back healthy and ready to compete at a Yokozuna level. It is yet to be seen how this development will affect scheduling on the final days of the Kyushu basho.