Yokozuna Terunofuji Withdraws From Aki

In a move that will surprise no one, and bring a sigh of relief to most fans, Yokozuna Terunofuji has withdrawn from competition in the Aki Basho. Citing aggravation of old knee injuries (no surprise there) as well fresh injuries to his right heel and left knee, Terunofuji will be absent for the final 6 days of the tournament.

Terunofuji’s schedule opponent for day 10 was Sekiwake 2 East Daieisho, who will now have a default win, improving his record to 4-6.

We wish Terunofuji a full and rapid recovery, but we don’t necessarily expect to see him competing at Kyushu in November.

Bruce Kyujo From Nagoya Basho

The Tegata of Iain Henderson – July 8th 2022

Hello dear readers, it’s time for me to take a break from Tachiai. I apologise for straying from the theme of this blog, and into personal news.

Just before the start of the tournament, a horrible disaster befell my family. Our second child, who was to be born by July 22nd, died in utero without warning. It came as a shock to all, as the baby was healthy, good sized and developing well. Multiple examinations, scans, ultrasounds and all of that showed zero abnormalities.

With the paperwork finally done, the body of my second child has been released to us for burial. He will be laid to rest next to his grandparents in rural Illinois.

During this time when I attend to my family, the rest of Team Tachiai will be providing daily coverage, and I thank them for stepping in. I will return to writing prior to the Aki basho in September.

Thank you all for your well wishes and support


Oshoma COVID-positive, Naruto beya out of basho

Following his match today, Oshoma, the newcomer to Juryo, from Naruto beya, had a PCR test. The result came back positive.

Naruto beya, including Naruto oyakata, who is one of the shimpan, will go kyujo.

This follows Mitakeumi’s positive result yesterday, and it will be no surprise if more cases turn up in the following days.

Oshoma’s current standing is 5-3, and it will be a shame if he is kept in the same rank because of the kyujo. This makes the situation more challenging for the banzuke committee after the basho. If they don’t upgrade his position, it’s unfair to Oshoma. If they do, then by rights they should demote Mitakeumi.

But first and foremost, we wish the young man a quick and full recovery.