No-kozuna: Kakuryu Kyujo

Kakuryu Kyujo

Kakuryu has gone Kyujo. This is his third consecutive kyujo tournament since winning in Nagoya. He follows Hakuho’s early exit leaving no Yokozuna in the Hatsu Basho. His sole win came on Day 2 against Abi, handing out kinboshi to Endo, Hokutofuji, and Myogiryu. Both Endo and Myogiryu doubled-up while Hokutofuji claimed the fusen victory today. Mitakeumi will get the freebie win today.

Yokozuna Hakuho Kyujo

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The Nihon Sumo Kyokai has reported that Yokozuna Hakuho has pulled out of the Hatsu Basho. This withdrawal comes on the heels of consecutive losses to Endo and Myogiryu. While the reasoning for Hakuho going kyujo is unknown at this time, the Yokozuna has had a recent history of nagging injuries to his toes and arm which may have been aggravated during his early losses to the aforementioned Maegashira Rikishi. Tachiai will continue to update this story as news develops.

As a result of Hakuho going Kyujo, his Day 4 opponent Hokutofuji will receive a fusensho win.

Update: According to Miyagino Oyakata, the reason for Hakuho’s withdrawal is cellulitis in his right heel. Miyagino stated that Hakuho suffered damage to his heel prior to the banzuke announcement, which subsequently became infected, causing a fever last night. This cellulitis infection is coupled with an injury to his hip/lower back area that he sustained during his match with Endo on Day 2.

 

My Thoughts on Kyushu 2019

Hello dear readers, with the Kyushu Basho now behind us, I wanted to share my opinions on sumo and 2020 with all of you. Those of you who think I can be a big gloomy, feel free to skip this post. I do see these as honest, rather than gloomy. I maintain that the future of sumo is awesome, but the transitional period will be new for sumo fans who came to the sport in the Asashoryu / Hakuho era. Simply put, we have been in an anomalous serious of stability and dominance by a handful of top performers. As that has given way, it’s sometimes anyone’s guess who will show up genki, and who will be competing for the cup by day 10.

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Tochinoshin Withdraws From Kyushu Basho

As reported by Herouth on Twitter a short time ago

Former Ozeki Tochinoshin has withdrawn from the Kyushu Basho due to an injury to an abdominal muscle. This effectively ends his campaign to return to the rank of Ozeki, and his heartbreaking news for his fans world wide.

We wish him a successful recovery and a quick return to action.