Home > Sports > Sumo
  print button email button

Friday, Dec. 21, 2007

Asa set for return to action in '08

Kyodo News

After a two-tournament ban, Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu makes his return to the raised ring on the lesser-regarded west side as the Japan Sumo Association released the rankings Thursday for the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The 27-year-old Asashoryu, who was punished for missing a regional summer tour after apparently feigning the extent of his injuries, will have held sumo's top rank for exactly five years — ninth on the all-time list in his 30th basho as a yokozuna. Compatriot yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, will be gunning for his first three-peat after winning the autumn and Kyushu titles and sits in the prestigious east slot for the Jan. 13-27 meet at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. Hakuho's 12-3 performance in November, however, was not a reassurance of things to come and Asashoryu will be salivating at the bit to expose any weakness from his rival.

Back to Top

About us |  Work for us |  Contact us |  Privacy policy |  Link policy |  Registration FAQ
Advertise in japantimes.co.jp.
This site has been optimized for modern browsers. Please make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser's preferences.
The Japan Times Ltd. All rights reserved.