So, sumo world’s last hours have been pretty tough, which a fair amount of scandal.
To brighten our moods, let’s wish a happy birthday to one of our two ozeki!
It’s… Takakeisho’s 24th birthday !
The Chiganoura resident is still quite young, which is usually the promise of some bright coming wrestling years.
His body condition has unfortunately subject to debate until recently.
Takakeisho’s remarkable rise has brought him one yusho at the end of the year 2018. He ended up being promoted to sumo’s second highest rank, after Osaka’s basho in 2019.
Alas, he sustained his first serious knee injury right after; Takakeisho was demoted after sitting out the whole Nagoya basho, in July 2019.
He performed impressively well for his return as an ozekiwake in Aki, and narrowly missed his second yusho, being defeated by Mitakeumi in the playoff. Takakeisho sustained another major injury, this time on his chest, during that bout. His fine 12-3 record, however, allowed him to regain the ozeki rank.
He has been kadoban another time after the Osaka basho 2020 (7-8), and cleared that status during the last basho (8-4-3), before giving priority to his health condition.
Let’s wish him to do well before reaching the quarter century landmark!