Dai-Yokozuna Hakuho Sho has successfully undergone endoscopic surgery to remove bone fragments from his injured right knee. Hakuho, winner of this Septembers Aki Basho, has stated to the press that the injury to his knee is not a recent one, and it has been causing him considerable pain since the August jungyo tour. “The pains were there all the time. Winning the yusho was nothing short of a miracle. Even in jungyo, every dohyo-iri, I thought my heart would explode” stated the Yokozuna, whose record extending fourteenth Zensho-Yusho becomes even more impressive given the considerable pain he was going through.
Despite the successful surgery, Hakuho’s participation in the Kyushu Basho is still up in the air, and it is doubtful that the ever health conscious Yokozuna will rush back to the Dohyo before he is ready. We at Tachia wish Hakuho a speedy recovery.