SUMO
SPECIAL
2019

SUMMER BASHO

MAY 23, 2019

Kakuryu back in tie for first place

BY KYODO

Yokozuna Kakuryu recovered from his second upset of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament to reclaim a share of the lead with rank-and-filer Asanoyama, who suffered his second loss of the ...

MAY 22, 2019

Asanoyama takes lead as rivals slip

BY KYODO

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin both suffered upsets on Wednesday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, with each falling one win behind rank-and-file wrestler Asanoyama on a bad day all-around ...

MAY 21, 2019

Three wrestlers tied for lead at 9-1

BY KYODO

There were no big surprises at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, with yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin both emerging victorious to stay in a three-way tie for the lead. The two wrestlers improved to 9-1 going into the final third of the 15-day ...

MAY 20, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu bounces back on ninth day

BY KYODO

Yokozuna Kakuryu rebounded from his first loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a smooth victory on Monday, while sekiwake Tochinoshin found himself granted a win following a rare ...

MAY 19, 2019

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin fall on Day 8

BY KYODO

Overnight leaders Kakuryu and Tochinoshin fell into a three-way tie with rank-and-file grappler Asanoyama following their upset losses at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. The joint leaders sit at ...

MAY 23, 2019

Sumo 101: Yobidashi (ring announcers)

BY JOHN GUNNING

The busiest men in sumo are the yobidashi (ring announcers). Named after their most conspicuous duty, yobidashi do far more than just call rikishi up to fight. In fact, pretty much every ...

MAY 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Large rikishi

BY JOHN GUNNING

The first thing that comes to mind when people think of sumo is the size of the participants. While the height of most wrestlers doesn't generally exceed that of athletes in ...

MAY 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Small rikishi

BY JOHN GUNNING

Sumo has no weight classes. The David vs. Goliath clashes that arise as a result of that lack of regulation are a big part of the sport's appeal for many fans. When ...

MAY 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Cancellations

BY JOHN GUNNING

Sumo tournaments are rarely canceled. The last time one didn't go ahead was 2011, when the Japan Sumo Association called off the March Basho in the wake of a match-fixing scandal. Had ...

MAY 19, 2019

Sumo 101: Tachiai

BY JOHN GUNNING

One of the first words every new sumo fan learns is tachiai. Combining the characters for "stand" and "meet," it is the term for the initial charge that gets all sumo ...