Yokozunas Perform Sumo Ceremony To Encourage 3.11 Disaster Area Residents

Yokozunas perform sumo ceremony to encourage 3.11 disaster area residents

KAMAISHI, Iwate -- Yokozunas Kisenosato and Harumafuji lent their weight to the recovery of this city devastated by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami by performing a ring entrance ceremony here on Aug. 14.

Some 1,000 onlookers packed a gymnasium in the city to see the ceremony, shouting encouragement as Kisenosato performed the Unryu style of entrance ceremony, and Harumafuji the Shiranui style. Kisenosato has been forced to drop out of the past two grand sumo tournaments due to injuries, but the crowd gave him a warm welcome.

Sumo: Hakuho Says Nagoya Tourney "unforgettable," Expects More Wins

Sumo: Hakuho says Nagoya tourney

Yokozuna Hakuho, who captured a record 39th career title at the just-ended Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, said Monday the reality of having won the championship and made multiple record-breaking feats along the way has finally sunk in.

Speaking at the traditional day-after victory press conference following the 15-day meet at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Hakuho said he is nowhere near the end and will continue to put up numbers expected of a grand champion.

Sumo: Hakuho Crashes To 1st Defeat But Still Leads In Nagoya

Sumo: Hakuho crashes to 1st defeat but still leads in Nagoya

Mongolian grand champion Hakuho crashed to a shock first defeat at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, but still managed to hold onto sole possession of the lead with four days of the meet remaining.

Hakuho (10-1) was widely expected to keep his flawless record intact and match former ozeki Kaio's all-time wins record of 1,047 in the day's finale at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Sumo: Hakuho Gets 1,046th Win, One Shy Of Kaio's All-time Record

Sumo: Hakuho gets 1,046th win, one shy of Kaio's all-time record

Yokozuna Hakuho collected his 1,046th career win Tuesday as he edged rank-and-file grappler Chiyoshoma to stay perfect at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The Mongolian grand champion notched his 10th win in as many days of the 15-day tourney to grab sole possession of second place on the all-time ranking, surpassing late yokozuna Chiyonofuji and moving within one of former ozeki Kaio's record.

Sumo: Rock-solid Hakuho Keeps Inching Toward Kaio's Record Mark

Sumo: Rock-solid Hakuho keeps inching toward Kaio's record mark

Yokozuna Hakuho kept his perfect record intact through the first week of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with a comfortable win over third-ranked maegashira Ikioi on Saturday.

With two grand champions -- Kisenosato and Kakuryu -- having already pulled out, Hakuho remained sturdy as an oak, improving to 7-0 as he batted down Ikioi (1-6) for his 1,043rd career victory. Hakuho is now four shy of former ozeki Kaio's all-time record for matches won.

Sumo: Hakuho Edges Closer To All-time Wins Record In Nagoya

Sumo: Hakuho edges closer to all-time wins record in Nagoya

The countdown to another impressive milestone continued for Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Friday as the co-leader made short work of Hokutofuji to preserve his unbeaten start at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

On a day when injury-hit Kisenosato became the second grand champion and fourth wrestler in the top makuuchi division to withdraw from the tournament, Hakuho produced another classy performance in his first meeting with Hokutofuji.

Sumo: Injured Kisenosato, Terunofuji Withdraw From Nagoya Basho

Sumo: Injured Kisenosato, Terunofuji withdraw from Nagoya basho

Yokozuna Kisenosato and ozeki Terunofuji have both pulled out of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament due to injuries and will forfeit their sixth-day bouts, sumo officials said Friday.

The 31-year-old Kisenosato, who has been competing despite delayed recovery from an upper arm injury, injured his left ankle while losing to third-ranked maegashira Ikioi in Thursday's bout at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Takayasu Wins 3rd Straight In Nagoya

Takayasu wins 3rd straight in Nagoya

The Japan NewsOzeki Takayasu is on a roll after sputtering out of the gate at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The newly promoted ozeki pushed his way past sekiwake Mitakeumi (2-2) on Wednesday at Aichi Prefectural Gym for his third consecutive win following an opening-day loss.

Sumo: Hakuho Busts Shodai To Continue March Toward Career Wins Record

Sumo: Hakuho busts Shodai to continue march toward career wins record

Yokozuna Hakuho closed within eight of Kaio's all-time win record of 1,047 after making quick work of top-ranked maegashira Shodai at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday.

Hakuho remained perfect through the third day of the 15-day meet, hammering Shodai (1-2) in a heartbeat. The Mongolian literally rattled his opponent with a hard slap to the face that buckled Shodai's knees.

Sumo: Takayasu Officially Promoted To Ozeki

Sumo: Takayasu officially promoted to ozeki

Sekiwake Takayasu was officially promoted to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association board of directors.

The 27-year-old, whose father is Japanese and mother from the Philippines, is the first new ozeki since Mongolian Terunofuji was promoted after the summer tournament in 2015.