Uncle Sumo Aminishiki has withdrawn from the 2018 Hatsu Basho after re-injuring his right knee during his Day 5 bout with Chiyonokuni. Aminishiki was in a great deal of pain following his match and was unable to return to the dohyo to bow or leave for the dressing unassisted. As many readers know, Uncle Sumo’s knees are held together by tape and prayer at this point, so any further damage could potentially be career ending. We at Tachiai hope that this is not the case, and that our beloved Uncle returns to the dohyo soon.
Update: examination shows that he did not re-injure his ligament, but rather had a bone bruising of the tibia, which is painful but not career-ending. A bone bruise usually results in a hematoma. That has been drained out, and on January 22nd (basho day #9) Aminishiki will undergo a second examination. If he does not develop an inflammation, he will attempt to return to the basho (Daily Sports – Herouth).