Feb 29, 2020

Senior JSA official casts doubt on Spring Basho

The upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament is unlikely to proceed as planned due to the growing coronavirus crisis, the Japan Sumo Association said Friday.The JSA ... ...

Feb 27, 2020

Japan Sports Agency asks JSA to adjust spring tourney

The Japan Sports Agency has asked the Japan Sumo Association to make changes to its March grand tournament amid the current coronavirus outbreak, a source ... ...

Feb 27, 2020

Calling off Spring Basho would be right move for JSA

The Japan Sumo Association is essentially a reactive, rather than proactive, organization.Through the ups, downs and various scandals of the last few years, the JSA’s ... ...

Feb 24, 2020

Sumo left with only one ozeki for first time in over 38 years

For the first time in over 38 years, the Japan Sumo Association’s rankings, published Monday, have only one wrestler at the sport’s second-highest rank of ... ...

Feb 20, 2020

Sumo without American rikishi after Wakaichiro retires

Just like that, there are no American rikishi left in sumo.Wakaichiro, the sole remaining wrestler from the United States, called it quits earlier this month, ... ...

Jan 27, 2020

Kashiwado carved out place despite presence of legend

There have been a few rikishi in the history of sumo whose careers have been akin to supermassive black holes — so overwhelmingly dominant that ... ...

Jan 26, 2020

Kyokutenho was a trailblazer

In 1991, though most people didn’t realize it at the time, the Oshima stablemaster made a decision that would dramatically alter the course of sumo ... ...

Jan 21, 2020

Legendary Futabayama set standard for sumo greatness

Yokozuna Hakuho’s incredible 43 championships, 15 perfect titles and numerous other records and achievements rightly see him often referred to as the greatest rikishi in ... ...