As mentioned in our upcoming Aki podcast, Yokozuna Hakuho is likely to sit out the September tournament while recovering from surgery to both knees following his exit from the July tournament.
From the article
The sources say Hakuho had endoscopic surgery in mid-August to clean out the hardened ligament and other parts in his right knee. They say he also had surgery on his left knee.
The sources say Hakuho has been unable to practice wrestling even after the latest sumo rankings were released on Monday ahead of the autumn tournament.
Sumo is a combat sport, and it takes a cumulative toll on an athlete’s body, and in spite of Hakuho’s standing as possibly the greatest rikishi of all time, fans like myself worry that his body is wearing down after years dominating the ring.
We hope “The Boss” can recover and dazzle us once again with his sumo, though I fear it may not be until January 2021…