On to happier climes! After the last months of scandals it should be the time to
turn the attention to some nicer things again. And there are hardly many things that
are nicer than a promotion to ozeki. So we will take this issue to look at the top
five names looking to convert their candidate status for the ozeki club successfully
into a full membership. Read more...
Hiroko "Betty" Suzuki is one of the most successful female American footballers
of all-time, her number 79 jersey achieving legendary status in women's competition.
Less known is the fact that she is a fearsome sumo wrestler, winning Gold Medal in
the women's middleweight division at the first attempt in 2005. Read more...
With gaping holes on the banzuke, and equally noticeable ones in the audience,
May's Technical Evaluation Tournament could hardly be classed as sumo's finest hour.
Serious doubts were raised beforehand about whether such an obscure and unprecedented
event should even go ahead. Such doubts were hardly allayed afterwards. Read more...
Had the previous basho been anything like a normal tournament, it would have
escaped the attention of few that it marked exactly 20 years since the great
Chiyonofuji retired from sumo. The departure of the man affectionately known as
"Wolf" was one of the biggest blows ever dealt to Japanís national sport, marking
as it did the end of a Golden Decade in which audiences were enthralled by his sheer
speed, muscular ability and outrageous agility. Read more...
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was a classic looking figure in sumo, and briefly carried the sword
during Akebono's dohyo-iri. He was incredibly funny and would say some
things other rikishi wouldn't dare say. He was, of course, famous for
his froglike shikiri for which the Kyokai kept reprimanding him, the
crowd loved it! This ink jet print, ed. 100, 9.5 x 11 inches is signed
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