Reports coming in that Kakuryu will be kyujo from Day 1 of the Kyushu basho due to back pain. He was scheduled to face Asanoyama for musubi-no-ichiban. The order of bouts will be rearranged but Asanoyama will get the walkover win.
Herouth tweeted this on my way home from work and I needed to share! The last time we saw Ura on the dohyo was at Hatsu, being wheeled away with yet another devastating knee injury. That injury occurred during a big matchup with Hoshoryu in Makushita.
In 2015 and 2016, the pint-sized acrobatic phenom took the sumo world by storm, cleaning up the lower divisions with his Matrix-inspired victories. He reached a peak rank of Maegashira 4 in 2017 where he claimed a kinboshi from Harumafuji. Sadly, in a loss to Takakeisho he suffered a terrible knee injury and fell back to Sandanme as he recovered. His comeback was put on hold in the fore-mentioned Hoshoryu bout. We eagerly anticipate the return of the Swole pixie.
Before Hattorizakura kicks off shonichi this Sunday, our eyes will be glued to the papers and social media for early indication of who’s on the Kyokai Not-Genki list, and thus kyujo for Kyushu. Though not officially on the list yet, we fully anticipate Ichinojo will be on it by the weekend, as Herouth notes below.
Given the state of Takakeisho, and more troublingly, Takayasu, one would expect the kyujo ranks to swell…though it may not be until after salt meets clay. We’re also keeping our eyes peeled for whether Ura will be listed or not. If he competes, he will be restarting his career at Jonidan 106 West. Having seen recent pics of Swole Ura, if I were Daishojo, I think I’d sleep in that day.
As Herouth noted on Twitter, Takayasu will be kyujo from the upcoming Aki Jungyo. Hopefully this was a reassessment of his injury and not a training setback.
Takayasu will be absent from the Aki Jungyo. He participated in the Meiji Grand Shrine Tournament and said he wanted to be in the Jungyo, but something must have changed.https://t.co/Tn1hG5Aw5j— ヘルット (@SumoFollower) October 3, 2019
To update our earlier report about Takakeisho’s kyujo, Herouth also tweeted news that the re-Ozeki will participate in the latter half of Jungyo, starting with the Hamamatsu event on October 16.
Takakeisho intends to join the Jungyo in time for the Hamamatsu event on Oct. 16th. "Showing one's face to the public is also a part of a rikishi's job".https://t.co/LOTbwv27l4— ヘルット (@SumoFollower) October 3, 2019