Ozeki Takakeisho Withdraws From Nagoya Basho

As reported this hour by the Japanese sports press, Ozeki Takakeisho as withdrawn from the Nagoya Basho.

Details (in Japanese) can be found here – https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/2740fbec5d053bc58a152fad2ca98153f1bf0214

And here – https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202107050000863.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nikkansports_ogp

Where it says “At the tachiai he felt an electric shock in his neck”. That article also reports that he was taken to a hospital, but remained conscious and able to walk on his own.

The complaint is cited as an injury to his neck. It is unknown at this time how serious or minor it may be. His day 3 opponent, Meisei, will pick up his first win of the basho by fusensho.

We hope that Ozeki Takakeisho can get the medical attention he needs, and return healthy and ready to compete as soon as possible.

5 thoughts on “Ozeki Takakeisho Withdraws From Nagoya Basho

  1. I agree, Andy. When I saw how he just rested on the edge of the dohyo (after the tachiai)…and not moved for several, long, scary moments…I couldn’t tell if he had injured his head, neck, arm, upper/lower body, etc. I truly like Takakeisho and I really pray that he’s able to bounce back as quickly as possible.

  2. Yes… Having seem Christian Eriksen collapse on the football pitch and then resurrected I thought it was another heart attack! Not a fan particularly but god lets not see that. Praying for his speedy recovery!

  3. I’ve looked at this several times and the only thing I can see is when his head bumped into Ichinojo’s chest at the moment of impact. That shouldn’t be enough to cause an injury like this. I’d like to hear an opinion from a neurologist, but if that’s all it took, it’s very concerning, because that was just a normal tachiai, and he couldn’t avoid being in the same situation in the future. Fingers crossed full on.

  4. I’m a proud hater of his fighting style and would be glad to see him lose normally, but not like this. Hope he’ll be fine next tournament.


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