39 years old veteran Takekaze, after having finalized his make-koshi on day 9, was faced with a drop to Makushita (which would have been all but certain with a 9th loss).
Yesterday he said “I didn’t get here alone so I cannot make the decision alone”, but apparently he consulted with the powers that be, and came to the decision to retire.
Takekaze joined sumo in Natsu 2002 as a Makushita tsukedashi. He made his debut in Makuuchi in Haru 2003 and had no less that 590 wins there.
Takekaze owns a kabu, and will remain in the NSK as Oshiogawa oyakata.
It is not clear as yet whether he will retire immediately or at the end of the basho.
Source: Sports Hochi