Chiganoura oyakata has decided today to block Ozeki Takakeisho from entering the Nagoya basho, in which he will be in kadoban status.
This means that in Aki, Takakeisho will drop to what we call “Ozekiwake” status, and will have to win 10 bouts to regain his Ozeki rank. Takakeisho now ties for the shortest new Ozeki term in modern times with Musoyama. That precedent is a source of optimism, though: Musoyama succeeded in winning those 10 white stars, and had a long Ozeki career following that.
This decision follows a conflict of opinions between Takakeisho and Chiganoura, which Chiganoura elaborates on in this video:
Takakeisho was very optimistic once he renewed his keiko. He said every day, in every way, he was getting better and better. However, he only started having man-on-man training a couple of days ago, and while those bouts and butsukari were successful, they were against wrestlers from lower divisions. Takakeisho pleaded that he wouldn’t have come to Nagoya if he didn’t intend to participate, and that he might as well have stayed in Tokyo for care and rehab, but Chiganoura was a lot less sanguine about his progress. He was not practicing with sekitori, though his heya has no lack in available men. Chiganoura felt that going into battle unprepared might end up like it ended last time. Eventually, he asserted his authority, and the Ozeki will have to wait for Aki.