Reports from Tokyo this morning are that Ozeki Takakeisho has withdrawn from the Hatsu Basho as of day 10. His day 10 opponent, Okinoumi, will receive a fusensho / default win and advance to 6-4.
Takakeisho has been struggling since day 1, and it was clear that his pushing attack was, at best, at 80% power. Fans have been speculating that there is some undisclosed injury, possibly the earlier pectoral muscle tear, that was causing his poor performance and his withdraw on day 10. Prior to the basho, there had been talk of a possible Yokozuna bid should he win the Hatsu Basho, satisfying a notional 2 consecutive yusho requirement that is sometimes presented as criteria for promotion. Instead Takakeisho will enter the March tournament, which the NSK hopes to hold in Osaka, as a kadoban Ozeki needing 8 wins to maintain his rank.
For a healthy Takakeisho, this is not a problem. But this would depend on him getting treatment for whatever injury has sapped his power, and being healthy in time to return to competition in March.
Team Tachiai sincerely hopes Takakeisho is able to bounce back and return to his strong and dominant Ozeki ways soon. We will bring news of the injury report as soon as it is published.