Yokozuna Hakuho Withdraws From July Tokyo Basho

Following his day 12 loss to Mitakeumi, Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the July Tokyo basho, citing injury to his right knee. As reported by Inside Sport Japan a short time ago:

His day 13 opponent was Shodai, who will will improve to 10-3. Does this mean that Shodai is on an Ozeki run? Hard to say if they will count a fusensho as one of his wins, but hey – it’s Shodai.

We hope “The Boss” can heal up and return to action for the next tournament, whenever that may be.

Former Ozeki Takayasu Withdraws From Mock Natsu Basho

Following his day 13 re-injury to his knee, former Ozeki Takaysu has withdrawn from the mock Natsu basho. Luckily he had already reached his 8th win, and is kachi-koshi. But given the nature of the injury, there is a worry on his viability for the next tournament. Reason for kyujo is listed as inflammation of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), 3 weeks rest.

His day 14 opponent, Onosho, will receive the forfeit win, which will make him kachi-koshi for the mock Natsu basho.

We hope that Takayasu can recover and return healthy for the next tournament.

Yokozuna Kakuryu Withdraws From Mock Natsu Basho

Yokozuna Kakuryu as withdrawn from the mock Natsu basho prior to day 13 competition. He had two back to back losses, and 4 losses overall prior to his kyujo noticed received this morning in Tokyo. Cause of injury is listed as muscle strain to lower back, and he is proscribed 2 weeks rest. His day 13 opponent, Hokutofuji, will be awarded a default win, giving him his kachi-koshi.

Although he was able to reach his 8th win before existing the tournament, I am certain that calls for him to consider retirement will once again swell from the sumo press.

We wish Kakuryu a speedy recovery and a strong return in the next tournament.