The Torikumi is up and it ain’t pretty. Lots of missing names. We need to add Kokonoe and Tomozuna stables to the kyujo list. Hat tip to @Hakkeyoi_Sumo for noticing that while I was looking at the match-ups. The complete list of kyujo is long:
Late breaking news is the sudden intai of a Sadogatake wrestler, Kotokantetsu, an eight-year veteran at the stable in Jonidan. Given the ultimatum of participate or quit, he decided to quit rather than risk getting Covid. He may be thinking he’d be better off at home in Shiga-ken where the number of cases is still rather low. They’ve had a cumulative total of 1424 cases and 14 fatalities in the prefecture.
Meanwhile, the matchups are pairing off favorites vs favorites…who to root for? Takakeisho starts his rope run against Mitakeumi. Shodai faces Hokutofuji. The joi will just about reach Juryo by the end of this thing. Oh boy. Someone needs to go redo the dohyo matsuri a few times. Purify that sucker! I’m afraid to look at my bingo card. It may look like Swiss cheese!