Word from the mock Natsu basho that Ozeki Takakeisho has withdrawn from the competition prior to day 11, citing re-injury to his left pectoral muscles. Guidance from the physician is listed as 3 weeks rest. As Takakeisho was kadoban going into this mock basho, he will be a Sekiwake at the next tournament, and has a single chance to return to the Ozeki rank by scoring 10 wins.
His day 11 opponent, Shodai, will receive a forfeit win, improving him to 5-5 and keeping a kachi-koshi within reach.
Demotion to Sekiwake happened before (September 2019), after Takakeisho’s first basho as an Ozeki saw him injury himself and sit out the following tournament. He returned to score 12 wins and claim the jun-yusho. We hope he can make a similar recovery this time.