Shodai Wins First Sumo Tournament Title

Shodai wins first sumo tournament title

The 28-year-old Shodai has won his first title in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, with 13 wins and two losses.

Shodai, who holds the third-highest rank of Sekiwake, clinched the Emperor's Cup on the final day on Sunday by beating his immediate runner-up, rank-and-file Tobizaru.

18 Sumo Wrestlers Test Positive For Coronavirus

18 sumo wrestlers test positive for coronavirus

Eighteen sumo wrestlers at the Tamanoi stable in Tokyo have been confirmed to have the coronavirus.

The Japan Sumo Association says 32 wrestlers were tested after a rank-and-filer at the sumo stable was confirmed to be infected on Saturday. Eighteen of them tested positive, including a Juryo division wrestler, Fujiazuma.

Latest Sumo Rankings Released

Latest sumo rankings released

The latest sumo rankings were released on Monday ahead of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, which opens on September 13 in Tokyo.

Daieisho, who recorded 11 wins and four losses as a Komusubi wrestler in the previous tournament, has been promoted to Sekiwake, the third highest rank.

Sumo Wrestler Terunofuji Wins July Tournament

Sumo wrestler Terunofuji wins July tournament

Mongolian sumo wrestler Terunofuji has made a stunning comeback by winning the Emperor's Cup in the July Grand Sumo Tournament.

The former Ozeki Champion forced out Sekiwake Mitakeumi on Sunday, the final day of the tourney, clinching the title for the first time in five years.

Sumo Wrestler Suspended For Group Meal

Sumo wrestler suspended for group meal

A Japanese sumo wrestler has been ordered to sit out several matches in the ongoing tournament after he was found to have had a meal with a few other people.

The current sumo tournament is the first since the coronavirus outbreak to let spectators into the arena.

Event Held To Pray For Safety Of Sumo Tournament

Event held to pray for safety of sumo tournament

An event to pray for the safety and success of the July Grand Sumo Tournament was held on Saturday at an arena in Tokyo. Only a limited number of sumo officials were allowed to attend due to the coronavirus threat.

Japan Sumo Association Chairman Hakkaku and other stable masters were among those who showed up at the Ryogoku Kokugikan hall.

Sumo Tourney To Be Held With Fewer Spectators

Sumo tourney to be held with fewer spectators

The Japan Sumo Association says it will hold its July tournament in Tokyo with about 2,500 spectators, roughly 25 percent of the full capacity. The reduction is part of measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

The association made the announcement on Monday. The tournament will start on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan arena.

May Sumo Tournament To Be Canceled

May sumo tournament to be canceled

The Japan Sumo Association is set to cancel its May tournament as the government is preparing to extend the nationwide state of emergency for the coronavirus outbreak until the end of the month.

Multiple sources said that it is difficult for the association to go ahead with the summer grand tournament while the state of emergency is in effect.

May Sumo Tournament To Be Reviewed

May sumo tournament to be reviewed

The Japan Sumo Association says it will reconsider its schedule for the summer grand tournament if the government extends the state of emergency.

The nationwide measure is currently due to expire on Wednesday, May 6.

Sumo Stable Master And 5 Wrestlers Test Positive

Sumo stable master and 5 wrestlers test positive

The Japan Sumo Association says a stable master and five wrestlers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Stable master Takadagawa, whose ring name was Akinoshima, underwent a test on Thursday after developing a fever. His test result came back positive on Friday.

Grand Sumo Tournament Opens Without Spectators

Grand Sumo Tournament opens without spectators

The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament opened on Sunday in Osaka, western Japan, without spectators as part of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Wrestlers and stable masters arrived at the gymnasium by car or taxi. They were told to refrain from using trains, buses and other public transportation to avoid catching the virus.

Sumo Tourney To Be Held Without Spectators

Sumo tourney to be held without spectators

Officials from the Japan Sumo Association have decided that the spring tournament in Osaka starting on March 8 will be held without any spectators. They took the decision as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

The members of the association's board meeting have been discussing two options, holding it without any spectators or completely canceling it.

March Sumo Competition Under Consideration

March Sumo competition under consideration

The Japan Sumo Association says it is considering what to do about next month's scheduled competition in light of the spread of the new coronavirus.

The second of the annual six regular championships is scheduled to begin at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium from March 8.