Aminishiki injured, goes kyujo

Uncle Sumo’s bout with Ryuko today ended with injury. His knee seems to have collapsed, and he limped his way from the dohyo and got wheeled away from the hana-michi.

Once he finished changing, he left the venue for a hospital, where he underwent checkups, and got back to Isegahama beya’s lodgings on crutches.

Isegahama oyakata announced that Aminishiki will be absent as of day 3, which will give Arawashi a freebie.

However, he says that if the inflammation recedes and the pain goes away, Aminishiki intends to show up again. “He did not tear a ligament or anything, and the man himself wishes to attend if he can”, he said.

If Aminishiki does not return to action, he will be ranked at Makushita for certain next basho, and many fans doubt that he will then choose to fight his way back through the heaven/hell border that is the top of Makushita. Instead, he is more likely to retire and make use of his vacant kabu (right to an elder name).

We wish Aminishiki good health and for his career to continue safely and fruitfully down the path he chooses.

9 thoughts on “Aminishiki injured, goes kyujo

  1. Question, when a rikishi retires and goes on to be a coach or similar, do they keep the highest rank they’ve held or the rank at which the retire?

    • What do you mean? Oyakata have their own ranking system, from toshiyori to rijicho. You mean whether they are referred to as ‘Former Makushita’ or ‘Former Sekiwake’? In that case, they are usually referred to by their highest rank.

      • Perhaps it is just the way it is presented on the sumo.or page? When I look up a rikishi, let’s take Enho since he is fun to watch, I go to the page for Miyagino Beya and down the page I see ” Coach: Takashima Daizo” “Ring Name Sekiwake Koboyama”. I was just wondering if he retired at Sekiwake, or if that was the highest he had ever held.

        Sorry, some of this still kinda confuses me. :-(

  2. Well, this is too bad – with his forfeit loss on day 3 Aminishiki will finish his sumo career with a losing record: 907-908. In no way does that take away anything from his excellent and exceedingly long career. It does show how difficult being a rikishi is though.

    • What’s also amazing is the 50-50 record has had such a long, successful career, reaching all the way to Sekiwake.


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