Ex-yokozuna Kisenosato Debuts As 'oyakata' Coach

Ex-yokozuna Kisenosato debuts as 'oyakata' coach

In Japanese professional sumo, former yokozuna grand champion Kisenosato has made a debut as "oyakata" coach and pledged to continue to make a contribution to the sport.

Kisenosato retired on January 16th after suffering consecutive losses on the first three days in the year's first 15-day competition.

Yokozuna Kisenosato To Retire From Sumo

Yokozuna Kisenosato to retire from sumo

Yokozuna Grand Champion Kisenosato will retire from sumo. His stable master made the announcement after Kisenosato was handed his third straight loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

The 32-year-old Kisenosato made his professional debut in the spring tournament in 2002 and was promoted to Yokozuna after winning the New Year tournament in 2017.

Yokozuna Perform New Year Ceremony

Yokozuna perform New Year ceremony

Three yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo, have performed a traditional ring-entering ceremony at a Tokyo shrine ahead of the New Year tournament.

About 2,000 people watched Kisenosato, Kakuryu and Hakuho at Meiji Shrine on Tuesday. The annual ceremony prays for the tournament's safety and success.

Yokozuna Kisenosato Pulls Out Of Tourney

Yokozuna Kisenosato pulls out of tourney

Yokozuna Kisenosato is withdrawing from the ongoing sumo tournament from Thursday, after suffering 4 straight losses.

Kisenosato had been the only grand champion taking part in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament that began on Sunday in Fukuoka, western Japan.

Yokozuna Kakuryu Withdraws From Tournament

Yokozuna Kakuryu withdraws from tournament

Yokozuna Grand Champion Kakuryu is pulling out of the Nagoya sumo tournament because he has arthritis in his right elbow.

His withdrawal on Friday, the 6th day of the 15-day tourney, leaves it without a Yokozuna. Hakuho and Kisenosato have already pulled out.

Former Yokozuna Asashoryu To Be Given Akita Puppy

Former yokozuna Asashoryu to be given Akita puppy

Former sumo grand champion Asashoryu will be given an Akita dog as a symbol of friendship between Japan and his native Mongolia.

Asashoryu, whose real name is Dolgorsurengiin Dagvadorj, is a special envoy for the Mongolian president and is in charge of strengthening ties with Japan.

New Yokozuna Kisenosato Wins Emperor's Cup

New Yokozuna Kisenosato wins Emperor's Cup

In sumo, as of late progressed Yokozuna or astounding champion Kisenosato uncovered from a shortage to win his second Emperor's Cup in a row.

Kisenosato vanquished Ozeki or champion Terunofuji to even their records at 13 wins and 2 mishaps on Sunday, the most recent day of the championship.

Sumo: Yokozuna Kisenosato Denies Terunofuji To Win Spring Title

Sumo: Yokozuna Kisenosato denies Terunofuji to win Spring title

Taped-up yokozuna Kisenosato battled against famous misfortune to win the Spring Grand Sumo rivalry in passionate outline, smashing in-edge ozeki Terunofuji twice on Sunday and transforming into the primary as of late lifted yokozuna to win a title in 22 years.

After bearing a tumble to one side shoulder on Friday, Kisenosato was insufficient the following day, when his second in succession disaster allowed Terunofuji to stand out. Requiring a win on Sunday to even their records at 13-2 and oblige a title playoff, Kisenosato by some methods survived while his adversary slipped to the surface.

Kisenosato To Debut As 4th Yokozuna

Kisenosato to debut as 4th yokozunaKisenosato held up the freshly printed ranking sheet and, seeing his name in the largest and boldest letters — reflecting his promotion to sumo’s highest rank — grasped the expectations that lie ahead.
“[As a yokozuna], the definitive criteria is to be in the battle for the championship,” Kisenosato said Monday, following the release by the Japan Sumo Association of the official rankings for next month’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka.

Sumo: Kisenosato To Be Named 72nd Yokozuna Wednesday

Sumo: Kisenosato to be named 72nd yokozuna WednesdayOzeki Kisenosato is set to become the first Japanese-born yokozuna in 19 years after a Japan Sumo Association (JSA) advisory body recommended his promotion on Monday.
Kisenosato will be named the 72nd yokozuna, the first born in Japan since Wakanohana in 1998, at an extraordinary JSA board meeting Wednesday as a formality, after the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament are decided.

Sumo: New Year Champ Kisenosato Beats Hakuho, Set For Yokozuna

Sumo: New Year champ Kisenosato beats Hakuho, set for yokozunaOzeki Kisenosato came one step closer to becoming yokozuna as he twisted down hard-shoving Mongolian grand champion Hakuho on Sunday, the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
The win was the icing on the cake for Kisenosato (14-1), who had secured his maiden championship the previous day, and gave an added boost to the 30-year-old Ibaraki Prefecture native's chances of reaching sumo's pinnacle rank.

Sumo: Mongolian Yokozuna Off To Winning Start At New Year Tourney

Sumo: Mongolian yokozuna off to winning start at New Year tourneySumo's three Mongolian yokozuna had convincing wins on Sunday as the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament got under way before Japan's emperor and empress.
Kakuryu, who won his third career title in most-recent November tourney, was never troubled against Tochinoshin, latching onto a left overarm belt hold before sending the Georgian komusubi sprawling with a pulling throw for his 20th win in their career 21 meetings.

Goeido Dealt Blow In Bid For Yokozuna

Goeido dealt blow in bid for yokozunaAfter an undefeated run to his first Emperor’s Cup in the previous tournament, ozeki Goeido’s hopes of a possible promotion to yokozuna were dented midway through the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.
Sekiwake Okinoumi drove Goeido to the edge of the ring and the ozeki was on the bales when Okinoumi fell down and out. The referee designated Goeido the winner, but after the judges viewed the replay, it was apparent the ozeki’s heel touched outside the bales first, giving Okinoumi (2-6) the victory.

Sumo: Goeido In Yokozuna Promotion Hunt, Hakuho Back In Kyushu

Sumo: Goeido in yokozuna promotion hunt, Hakuho back in KyushuGoeido, who has been mostly mediocre during his time at the second-highest rank of ozeki, will have the unlikely chance of reaching the exalted rank of yokozuna at the Nov. 13-27 Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Two years on from appearing as ozeki for the first time at the 2014 Autumn tourney, Goeido exceeded all the expectations this September by winning all 15 bouts for his first career championship in Tokyo.