The torikumi (schedule of bouts) for Days 1 and 2 has been posted. Of course, readers of this blog already knew what the key bouts were going to be. The list of absent rikishi is released at the same time. We already knew that Takayasu would be out due to positive COVID tests for him and members of his heya. Among the sekitori, the other absentee is Ishiura, who is apparently still dealing with the effects of his neck injury in March that caused him to sit out May. At his J10 rank, an absence guarantees a drop out of the salaried ranks, where he has fought for the last 7 years since his Juryo debut in March 2015. Ishiura was at his career-high rank of M5 when he got hurt; given the nature of his injury, could this be the end of his professional sumo career?