Although the world of sumo usually keeps silent about injuries and the decisions behind them, leaving us fans to speculate, in Ura’s case, the fans are lucky, as there is an oyakata who keeps us relatively informed on the tragic ex-actrobat wrestler.
Inagawa oyakata is a member of Ura’s heya, and he tweets updates about him from time to time. The first tweet appeared on January 23rd:
Good morning. This will become known anyway, so I decided to just come out and tell.
The result of Ura’s medical examination this time is the same as his previous injury – a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Once he settles down, I will talk to him and try to inform you if there is anything to report
This was rather ominous. But today, during the various heya’s senshuraku parties, Inagawa oyakata came up with a new tweet:
Thank goodness… As it is something only the man himself can decide through his worries, all I can do is support him. But when we met, he immediately said “I’m having surgery, and work on my comeback once again”. I’m very happy. Everybody, we’ll be grateful for your continued support!
And I’m very grateful to Inagawa oyakata for these tweets. So the bottom line is: No intai at the moment, but also do not expect to see Ura in the upper divisions any time soon. Better luck this time!