Sumo grand champion Kakuryu. (Kyodo)
Harm-hit grand champion Kakuryu’s profession within the sumo ring inched nearer to the precipice Friday, when his stablemaster mentioned he’ll miss the New 12 months Grand Sumo Match.
The Mongolian-born yokozuna’s withdrawal from the meet beginning Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan means he may have pulled out harm from 4 straight grand tournaments. In November, he obtained a stern warning from the Japan Sumo Affiliation over his absences from the ring.
Kakuryu has already missed all or a part of 17 of the 39 tournaments since his promotion to sumo’s highest rank.
The 15-day grand tournaments are held each two months from January to November. Like fellow yokozuna Hakuho, who was additionally warned, Kakuryu missed a part of the July grand event, and the entire final two.
A six-time grand event champion, Kakuryu has lengthy been coping with elbow and decrease again ache and has not fought for the reason that second day of the July meet. The 35-year-old was desperate to make his return this month however this setback casts additional doubt over his future within the historic sport.
The 2 yokozuna obtained the harshest admonition the JSA’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council could make in need of recommending a wrestler retire.
Hakuho, who has gained a document 44 championships, has not fought since he withdrew on the thirteenth day of the July meet after profitable 10 of his first 12 bouts. He too will miss the New 12 months tourney after testing optimistic for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.