News has broken that sole Yokozuna Terunofuji has withdrawn from the March tournament following Day 5 loss to Tamawashi, his second loss to a maegashira opponent this month. The cause is said to be a flareup of his heel and left knee injuries, which require one month of recovery. Onosho gets the Day 6 fusensho win. More news as we get it.
Word in the Japanese press that Shimanoumi and Myogiryu are kyujo as of day 11. There is no explanation given as to why they have both withdrawn. My concern is that they have contracted the Omicron variant, and we may see a rapid spread among the rikishi thanks to the last 11 days of competition. Should that be the case, there is a question in my mind about if they will be able to conclude the basho at all.
Whatever is plaguing the two of them, we hope they are able to recover soon.
Both were part of the “Darwin Funnel” group at with 5-5 scores. Their day 11 opponents, Endo and Wakamotoharu will each receive fused wins, with Wakamotoharu improving to 6-5, and Endo staving off make-koshi for yet another day, advancing to 4-7.
On September 5th, a PCR test was administered to the entire NSK workforce. The results revealed one low-ranking rikishi from Miyagino beya was positive. Given Hokuseiho’s positive result and this new case, it has been decided the entire heya will be absent from Aki basho.
Although the rikishi have tested negative in a PCR test following Hokuseiho’s infection, a rikishi has already complained at the time that he is feeling unwell.
Takashima oyakata, gyoji Shikimori Kandayu, and yobidashi Ryuji, who belong to the heya but have not been attending it, will all participate in the basho.
This will be the second time the heya goes on “COVID kyujo”, after Hakuho’s infection barred the other members of the heya from participating in Hatsu basho.
In other heya
At Oguruma beya, a sewanin (Nishikikaze) has tested positive on September 2nd. Although he was at the heya, he was observing practice wearing a mask, rather than participating in the activity, so the rikishi were not deemed close contacts. In yesterday’s PCR test, they all tested negative. They are therefore cleared to participate in Aki basho.
As for Minato beya, Ichinojo’s heya, Shibatayama oyakata says the NSK has not received information from them about their status at the time he was interviewed. But he said that if Ichinojo tests negative, then at least as far as schedule is concerned, he will be cleared to participate as well.
We wish the infected rikishi and sewanin a speedy recovery and no long term effects. We hope no further cases turn up.
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
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.