Former Maegashira Kobo Dies of Covid (47)

Former Maegashira Kobo died today of Covid. He had been hospitalized in Nagoya where he had been working at Kotomitsuki’s yakiniku restaurant.

Born Mineyama Kenichi in 1973 in Kagoshima, he began his sumo career in 1989 and won the Jonokuchi yusho in his first tournament. After spending more than seven years in Makushita he joined the salaried ranks in 1999 and Makuuchi in 2001, retiring in 2008.

Kobo was anideshi (elder stablemate) to Hakuho at Miyagino-beya. Hakuho credited training with Kobo for helping him achieve the rank of Yokozuna. After retirement from active sumo, he was an oyakata, first as Ajigawa and eventually as Otowayama-oyakata until retirement in 2018.

Tachiai extends its condolences to Mineyama, his family and friends.

 

Arashio-beya Corona Cluster

We open the New Year with an expanding cluster of positive Covid tests at Arashio-beya. News of Wakatakakage falling ill hit yesterday, leading to testing of those around him, in his family, and at the stable. Those additional tests have come back with a total of eleven more positive tests. Arashio-oyakata and Wakatakakage’s Juryo-ranked brother, Wakamotoharu, are among the positive cases. Eight more wrestlers ranked makushita and below, as well as a hair dresser have also tested positive. Of the twelve, three are symptomatic with things like fever but are so far mild cases. Tachiai wishes all twelve full and quick recoveries.

Tachiai News Updates

We have decided to try something new, and that’s posting short video segments to YouTube covering sumo news. This won’t every try to take on actual match coverage, as the current sources are superior to anything we could glue together. But it seems that some folks like to have a bit of sumo news in their daily video feed. Here is the latest, covering the COVID 19 outbreak in Tamanoi beya.

Abi hands in intai documents

Japanese press reports that Abi has handed in his intai documents, according to Shikoroyama oyakata.

The board convenes on August 6th to discuss his punishment, and will also decide whether or not to accept his resignation. However, the chances of it not being accepted are said to be slim.