2019 in sumo

The following are the events in professional sumo during 2019.

Tournaments

Hatsu basho

Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, 13 January – 27 January[1]

2019 Hatsu basho results - Makuuchi Division
Result East Rank West Result
0 - 3 - 12 ø Japan Kisenosato Y ø Mongolia Hakuho 10 - 3 - 2
2 - 3 - 10 ø Mongolia Kakuryu Y ø 0 - 0 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Takayasu O Japan Goeido 9 - 6 - 0
0 - 0 - 0 ø O ø Georgia (country) Tochinoshin 0 - 4 - 11
11 - 4 - 0 Japan Takakeisho S Mongolia Tamawashi 13 - 2 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Myogiryu K Japan Mitakeumi 8 - 4 - 3
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Tochiozan M1 Mongolia Ichinojo 6 - 9 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Nishikigi M2 Japan Hokutofuji 9 - 6 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Shodai M3 Japan Shohozan 5 - 10 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Kotoshogiku M4 Japan Okinoumi 7 - 8 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Bulgaria Aoiyama M5 Japan Yoshikaze 3 - 12 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Chiyotairyu M6 Japan Onosho 8 - 7 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Ryuden M7 Japan Daieisho 9 - 6 - 0
10 - 5 - 0 Brazil Kaisei M8 Japan Asanoyama 8 - 7 - 0
0 - 0 - 15 ø Mongolia Takanoiwa M9 Japan Endo 10 - 5 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Takarafuji M10 Japan Abi 10 - 5 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Sadanoumi M11 Japan Ikioi 9 - 6 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Kagayaki M12 Japan Meisei 8 - 7 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Yago M13 ø Japan Kotoyuki 4 - 7 - 4
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Yutakayama M14 Mongolia Chiyoshoma 6 - 9 - 0
8 - 3 - 4 ø Japan Chiyonokuni M15 Japan Kotoeko 7 - 8 - 0
4 - 11 - 0 Japan Daiamami M16 Japan Daishomaru 3 - 12 - 0
ø - Indicates a pull-out or absent rank
winning record in bold
Yusho Winner

Haru basho

Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, 10 March – 24 March[1]

2019 Haru basho results - Makuuchi Division
Result East Rank West Result
15 - 0 - 0 Mongolia Hakuho Y Mongolia Kakuryu 10 - 5 - 0
10 - 5 - 0 Japan Takayasu O Japan Goeido 12 - 3 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Georgia (country) Tochinoshin O ø 0 - 0 - 0
10 - 5 - 0 Japan Takakeisho S Mongolia Tamawashi 5 - 10 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Mitakeumi K Japan Hokutofuji 7 - 8 - 0
3 - 12 - 0 Brazil Kaisei M1 Japan Endo 7 - 8 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Daieisho M2 Japan Myogiryu 6 - 9 - 0
4 - 11 - 0 Japan Nishikigi M3 Japan Shodai 5 - 10 - 0
3 - 12 - 0 Japan Tochiozan M4 Mongolia Ichinojo 14 - 1 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Chiyotairyu M5 Japan Onosho 5 - 10 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Okinoumi M6 Japan Abi 8 - 7 - 0
12 - 3 - 0 Bulgaria Aoiyama M7 Japan Takarafuji 8 - 7 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Asanoyama M8 Japan Kotoshogiku 11 - 4 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Sadanoumi M9 Japan Ikioi 2 - 13 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Shohozan M10 Japan Yago 6 - 9 - 0
10 - 5 - 0 Japan Ryuden M11 Japan Meisei 9 - 6 - 0
0 - 0 - 15 ø Japan Chiyonokuni M12 Japan Yoshikaze 10 - 5 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Tomokaze M13 Japan Kagayaki 9 - 6 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Terutsuyoshi M14 Japan Toyonoshima 5 - 10 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Ishiura M15 Japan Kotoeko 7 - 8 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Mongolia Daishoho M16 Japan Yutakayama 3 - 12 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Mongolia Chiyoshoma M17 0 - 0 - 0
ø - Indicates a pull-out or absent rank
winning record in bold
Yusho Winner

Natsu basho

Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, 12 May – 26 May[1]

2019 Natsu basho results - Makuuchi Division
Result East Rank West Result
0 - 0 - 15 ø Mongolia Hakuhō Y Mongolia Kakuryū 11 - 4 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Gōeidō O Japan Takayasu 9 - 6 - 0
3 - 4 - 8 Japan Takakeishō O ø 0 - 0 - 0
5 - 7 - 3 Mongolia Ichinojō S Georgia (country) Tochinoshin 10 - 5 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Bulgaria Aoiyama K Japan Mitakeumi 9 - 6 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Hokutōfuji M1 Japan Kotoshōgiku 6 - 9 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Endō M2 Japan Daieishō 7 - 8 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Chiyotairyū M3 Mongolia Tamawashi 10 - 5 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Okinoumi M4 Japan Abi 10 - 5 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Myōgiryū M5 Japan Ryūden 10 - 5 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Takarafuji M6 Japan Yoshikaze 4 - 11 - 0
10 - 5 - 0 Japan Shōdai M7 Japan Meisei 10 - 5 - 0
3 - 5 - 7 ø Brazil Kaisei M8 Japan Asanoyama 12 - 3 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Nishikigi M9 Japan Tomokaze 8 - 7 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Kagayaki M10 Japan Ōnoshō 8 - 7 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Shōhōzan M11 Japan Tochiōzan 6 - 9 - 0
10 - 5 - 0 Japan Shimanoumi M12 Japan Yago 6 - 9 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Chiyomaru M13 Japan Sadanoumi 7 - 8 - 0
4 - 11 - 0 Japan Tokoshōryū M14 Japan Enho 7 - 8 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Terutsuyoshi M15 Japan Kotoekō 8 - 7 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Mongolia Daishoho M16 Japan Ishiura 5 - 10 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Mongolia Chiyoshōma M17 0 - 0 - 0
ø - Indicates a pull-out or absent rank
winning record in bold
Yusho Winner

Nagoya basho

Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya, 7 July – 21 July[1]

2019 Nagoya basho results - Makuuchi Division
Result East Rank West Result
14 - 1 - 0 Mongolia Kakuryū Y Mongolia Hakuhō 12 - 3 - 0
3 - 5 - 7 Japan Gōeidō O ø Japan Takayasu 8 - 3 - 4
0 - 0 - 15 Japan Takakeishō O ø Georgia (country) Tochinoshin 0 - 6 - 9
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Mitakeumi S Mongolia Tamawashi 5 - 10 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Abi K Japan Ryūden 4 - 11 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Asanoyama M1 Japan Hokutōfuji 9 - 6 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Bulgaria Aoiyama M2 Japan Endō 10 - 5 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Shōdai M3 Japan Daieishō 8 - 7 - 0
4 - 11 - 0 Japan Meisei M4 Mongolia Ichinojō 9 - 6 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Kotoshōgiku M5 Japan Takarafuji 6 - 9 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Chiyotairyū M6 Japan Shimanoumi 8 - 7 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Myōgiryū M7 Japan Tomokaze 11 - 4 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Ōnoshō M8 Japan Okinoumi 8 - 7 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Shōhōzan M9 Mongolia Daishoho 6 - 9 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Kotoekō M10 Japan Takagenji 4 - 11 - 0
0 - 0 - 15 ø Japan Yoshikaze M11 Japan Nishikigi 6 - 9 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Tochiōzan M12 Japan Kagayaki 7 - 8 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Chiyomaru M13 Japan Sadanoumi 9 - 6 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Toyonoshima M14 Japan Enho 9 - 6 - 0
4 - 11 - 0 Japan Yago M15 ø Brazil Kaisei 1 - 10 - 4
11 - 4 - 0 Japan Kotoyūki M16 Japan Terutsuyoshi 12 - 3 - 0
ø - Indicates a pull-out or absent rank
winning record in bold
Yusho Winner

Aki basho

Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, 8 September – 22 September[1]

2019 Aki basho results - Makuuchi Division
Result East Rank West Result
4 - 4 - 7 ø Mongolia Kakuryū Y ø Mongolia Hakuhō 0 - 2 - 13
0 - 0 - 15 Japan Takayasu O Japan Gōeidō 10 - 5 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Georgia (country) Tochinoshin O ø 0 - 0 - 0
12 - 3 - 0 Japan Mitakeumi* S Japan Takakeishō 12 - 3 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Abi K Japan Endō 8 - 7 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Hokutōfuji M1 Bulgaria Aoiyama 5 - 10 - 0
1 - 4 - 10 ø Mongolia Ichinojō M2 Japan Asanoyama 10 - 5 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Daieishō M3 Japan Tomokaze 7 - 8 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Mongolia Tamawashi M4 Japan Shōdai 3 - 12 - 0
2 - 13 - 0 Japan Chiyotairyū M5 Japan Ryūden 7 - 8 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Shimanoumi M6 Japan Myōgiryū 8 - 5 - 2
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Kotoshōgiku M7 Japan Kotoekō 7 - 8 - 0
11 - 4 - 0 Japan Okinoumi M8 Japan Takarafuji 9 - 6 - 0
4 - 11 - 0 Japan Terutsuyoshi M9 Japan Kotoyūki 9 - 6 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Sadanoumi M10 Japan Meisei 10 - 5 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Ōnoshō M11 Japan Enho 9 - 6 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Shōhōzan M12 Mongolia Daishoho 5 - 10 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Kagayaki M13 Japan Nishikigi 6 - 9 - 0
10 - 5 - 0 Japan Tsurugisho M14 ø Japan Toyonoshima 1 - 9 - 5
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Ishiura M15 Mongolia Azumaryū 6 - 9 - 0
10 - 5 - 0 Japan Yutakayama M16 Japan Tochiōzan 6 - 9 - 0
4 - 11 - 0 Japan Takagenji M17 0 - 0 - 0
ø - Indicates a pull-out or absent rank
winning record in bold
Yusho Winner

* Indicates a playoff victory

Kyushu basho

Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Kyushu, 10 November – 24 November[1]

2019 Kyushu basho results - Makuuchi Division
Result East Rank West Result
0 - 1 - 14 ø Mongolia Kakuryū Y Mongolia Hakuhō 14 - 1 - 0
0 - 2 - 13 Japan Gōeidō O ø Japan Takayasu 3 - 5 - 7
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Takakeishō O 0 - 0 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Mitakeumi S ø Georgia (country) Tochinoshin 2 - 3 - 10
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Abi K Japan Endō 7 - 8 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Hokutōfuji K Japan Asanoyama 11 - 4 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Daieishō M1 Japan Okinoumi 6 - 9 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Myōgiryū M2 Japan Meisei 6 - 9 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Takarafuji M3 ø Japan Tomokaze 0 - 3 - 12
8 - 7 - 0 Mongolia Tamawashi M4 Japan Kotoyūki 8 - 7 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Bulgaria Aoiyama M5 Japan Ryūden 6 - 9 - 0
7 - 8 - 0 Japan Ōnoshō M6 Japan Enho 8 - 7 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Tsurugisho M7 Japan Kotoekō 5 - 10 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Shōhōzan M8 Japan Sadanoumi 7 - 8 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Kotoshōgiku M9 Japan Yutakayama 8 - 7 - 0
6 - 9 - 0 Japan Shimanoumi M10 Japan Shōdai 11 - 4 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Ishiura M11 Japan Chiyotairyū 9 - 6 - 0
0 - 0 - 15 ø Mongolia Ichinojō M12 Japan Takanoshō 10 - 5 - 0
9 - 6 - 0 Japan Chiyomaru M13 Japan Kagayaki 10 - 5 - 0
8 - 7 - 0 Japan Terutsuyoshi M14 Japan Nishikigi 4 - 11 - 0
5 - 10 - 0 Japan Daishōmaru M15 Mongolia Daishoho 3 - 12 - 0
4 - 1 - 10 ø Japan Wakatakakage M16 0 - 0 - 0
ø - Indicates a pull-out or absent rank
winning record in bold
Yusho Winner

News

January

Kisenosato announced his retirement in January
  • 7: In a series of practice bouts held in front of the Yokozuna Deliberation Council, all three yokozuna participate. Kisenosato goes 1–3 against Kakuryū and 2–0 against Gōeidō, while Hakuhō wins all five of his bouts against November 2018 tournament winner Takakeishō.[2]
  • 16: After suffering three straight losses in the Hatsu tournament, Kisenosato announces his retirement. He had been unable to recover from a left arm injury sustained in the March 2017 tournament, which caused him to miss or withdraw from eight consecutive tournaments from May 2017 to July 2018. His record as a yokozuna was 36 wins against 35 losses, with 97 bouts missed. He is staying in sumo as a coach under the Araiso elder name.[3]
  • 18: Kakuryū pulls out with a recurrence of his ankle problem.[4]
  • 20: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend Day 8, the 23rd and last time before the Emperor's abdication in April that they have watched sumo in an official capacity.[5]
  • 26: Hakuho withdraws with knee and ankle injuries, meaning all three yokozuna have failed to complete 15 days for the second tournament in a row.[6]
  • 27: Sekiwake Tamawashi is the surprise tournament champion with a 13–2 record, sealing his first yusho by defeating Endō on the final day.[7] At 34 he is the second oldest first-time yusho winner in the six tournaments per year era (post-1958), after 37 year-old Kyokutenhō in 2012.[7] Takakeisho could have taken part in a playoff if Tamawashi had lost and he had won, but in the event he finished two wins behind on 11–4 after losing to Gōeidō. That defeat, and a 9–6 record in September 2018, means he will not be promoted to ōzeki despite winning 33 bouts in three tournaments and being the sole runner-up here.[8] Tamawashi receives special prizes for Outstanding Performance and Fighting Spirit, while Takakeisho wins the Technique Award.[8] Mitakeumi is awarded a share of the Outstanding Performance Prize for defeating all three yokozuna and Tamawashi despite missing some of the tournament through injury.[8] The jūryō division championship is won by Shimanoumi. Retiring along with Kisenosato are Takanoiwa, former sekiwake Takekaze, and Sasayama, the brother of jūryō wrestler Daiseidō.
  • 30: Promotions to the jūryō division for the forthcoming March tournament are announced. Returning are Daiseidō [ja] and Takanofuji (who changed his shikona from Takayoshitoshi in January). There are two newcomers – Michinoku stable's Kiribayama from Mongolia, and Arashio stable's Wakamotoharu [ja]. The latter has two brothers in sumo, one of whom (Wakatakakage) is already in jūryō. This means there will be three sets of brothers in the jūryō division in March (Hidenoumi and Tobizaru, and Takanofuji and Takagenji being the others).

February

  • 9: The 52nd NHK charity ozumo tournament is held at the Kokugikan.
  • 10: The 43rd Fuji TV one day tournament is held at the Kokugikan. Takayasu defeats Yoshikaze in the final. (Hakuho is knocked out in the second round.)

March

  • 24: The Haru tournament in Osaka concludes with Hakuhō defeating his rival yokozuna Kakuryū with a shitatenage underarm throw to clinch his 42nd career championship and his 15th with a perfect 15–0 score. His victory means he has won at least one tournament every year since 2006.[9] However, he injures his right arm in the process and is seen holding the bicep afterwards. He finishes one win ahead of maegashira Ichinojō, who did not get to fight the yokozuna during the tournament. His 14–1 runner-up performance is recognized with the Outstanding Performance prize. Sekiwake Takakeishō not only wins the Technique Award but also promotion to ōzeki, after he defeats Tochinoshin to finish on 10–5, giving him 34 wins over the last three tournaments. Tochinoshin, conversely, is demoted from ōzeki after two consecutive make-koshi or losing records. The Fighting Spirit Prize goes to maegashira Aoiyama for his fine 12–3 record. In the jūryō division Shimanoumi wins his second championship in a row and is guaranteed promotion to the top division for the first time in May at the age of 29. Down in the jonidan division former ōzeki Terunofuji, long sidelined by injuries, loses a playoff for the division championship after both he and fellow Mongolian Roga finish with perfect 7–0 records. It is Terunofuji's first appearance since May 2018. Former maegashira Tenkaiho retires and becomes Hidenoyama Oyakata.
  • 27:Promotions to jūryō are announced. They are newcomer Irodori [ja], and two returnees, Irodori's Shikoroyama stablemate Seirō and Haru's makushita yusho winner Churanoumi [ja].
  • 28: Hakuhō and his stablemaster Miyagino are summoned by the Sumo Association to explain why Hakuhō led the crowd in a display of sanbon-jime hand-clapping after his victory speech on Sunday, seen as a breach of etiquette because it preceded the kami-okuri ceremony that concludes the tournament.[10] Hakuhō had wanted to acknowledge Emperor Akihito, as it was the final tournament of the Heisei era. Hakuhō was also criticized in November 2017 when he led the crowd in cheers in the midst of the Harumafuji assault affair.[10]
  • 31: The spring regional tour begins with a tournament in the Ise Shrine. Hakuhō performs the dohyō-iri but does not participate in any bouts due to his injury, confirmed a muscle tear in the upper right arm.[11]

April

The spring regional tour visits the following locations:[12]

May

Asanoyama receives the President's Cup from Donald Trump
  • 1: Dressed in their black montsuki hakama, 69 of the 70 sekitori use their bodies to spell out the kanji for the new imperial era, Reiwa.[13]
  • 14: Further reports on President Donald Trump's visit on the final day of the May tournament suggest he will present a custom-made trophy to the winner, the "Trump Cup."[18]
  • 26: Donald Trump is in attendance for the final five matches of the final day of the May tournament.[19] He presents the new trophy, officially called the President's Cup,[20] to the winner of the championship, maegashira Asanoyama, who finishes with a 12–3 record and special prizes for Outstanding Performance and Fighting Spirit. He is the first winner without any previous sanyaku experience since Sadanoyama in 1961.[21] He finishes one win ahead of Kakuryū (11-4). Tochinoshin, despite a controversial call by the judges in his Day 13 match with Asanoyama which reversed the referee's decision and declared that his heel had stepped out of the ring, finishes with a 10–5 record, enough to return him immediately to the ōzeki rank. Other notable performers are Abi and top division debutant Shimanoumi who share the Fighting Spirit prize with Asanoyama, and Ryūden who wins the Technique prize.[22] The jūryō division championship is won by Takagenji with a 13–2 record. Among the retirements are former jūryō wrestlers Dewahayate [ja] and Tochihiryu [ja].
  • 29: Promotions to jūryō for the Nagoya tournament in July are announced. There are four newcomers, the most high profile of whom is Kotonowaka, the son of Sadogatake Oyaktata (ex-sekiwake Kotonowaka) who has changed his shikona from Kotokamatani to that of his father. The other debutants are Kizakiumi [ja], who is the younger brother of Churanoumi [ja] making them the 21st pair of brothers in history to both reach sekitori status, Ichiyamamoto [ja] the first from Nishonoseki stable to reach jūryō since Shohozan in 2010, and Onoe stable's Ryuko [ja].[23] There is one returnee, Takanofuji, who won the makushita championship with a perfect 7–0 record.

June

  • 24: The July banzuke is published, with Takakeisho kadoban, Tochinoshin returning to ozeki and Asanoyama just missing out on a sanyaku debut, instead being ranked at maegashira 1. The only top division debut is Takagenji at maegashira 10.[24]

July

  • 16: 40-year-old Aminishiki announces his retirement from sumo after a 22-year career. He had been absent since the third day of the July tournament with a knee injury and faced demotion from the jūryō division.[25]
  • 17: For the first time since the beginning of the Showa era, all four ōzeki are absent from a tournament.[26] Takayasu withdraws due to an elbow injury suffered against Tamawashi, giving Hakuhō a default win. Earlier in the tournament Gōeidō and Tochinoshin both withdrew, and Takakeishō was absent from the beginning and will drop to sekiwake for the September tournament.
  • 21: Kakuryū defeats Hakuhō in the final match of the tournament to win his sixth top division championship, with a 14–1 record.[27] Hakuhō finishes second on 12–3, his first runner-up performance since January 2016 (he has won seven yūshō since then). He shares the jun-yūshō with two maegashira, Terutsuyoshi and Tomokaze. Terutsuyoshi wins the Fighting Spirit Prize, and Tomokaze who was the only man to defeat Kakuryū receives the Outstanding Performance Award.[28] The Technique Prize is shared between Endō and Enhō.[28] The jūryō division championship is won by former amateur competitor Tsurugishō who is likely to be promoted to the top division for the first time as a result.[28] Former maegashira Chiyono-ō [ja] wins the makushita championship.

The summer tour visits the following locations:

August

The summer tour continues, visiting the following locations:

  • 27: The banzuke for the September tournament is released, with Takakeishō dropping to sekiwake. Three wrestlers are promoted to the top division, the returning Ishiura and Yutakayama, and Tsurugishō who is the only newcomer. Kakuryū is the East Yokozuna, the highest position on the banzuke, and is competing in his 33rd tournament as a Yokozuna, moving him into the top ten all-time.[29]

September

Hoshoryu was promoted to juryo after the September tournament
  • 3: Takanofuji is suspended from the forthcoming Aki tournament by his stablemaster Chiganoura while the Sumo Association investigates reports that he assaulted an attendant at his stable after practice on August 31. He has already served a previous suspension for a similar incident in 2018.[30]
  • 3: Hakuhō announces that he has acquired Japanese citizenship, which will enable him to stay in the Sumo Association after retirement and run his own stable.[31]
  • 12: Former sekiwake Yoshikaze, who has missed the last two tournaments through injury, announces his retirement. He is staying in sumo under the elder name of Nakamura Oyakata.
  • 22: Mitakeumi wins his second championship after a playoff with Takakeisho, both men finishing with identical 12-3 records.[32] Takakeisho successfully returns to the ozeki rank but Tochinoshin will be demoted after only scoring 6–9. The Outstanding Performance Prize is shared between Mitakeumi and Asanoyama while the Fighting Spirit Prize goes to Okinoumi and newcomer Tsurugisho. In juryo Ikioi wins the yusho while Chiyonokuni takes the makushita title. Former maegashira Daikiho [ja] and Homarefuji announce their retirements. Homarefuji becomes Tateyama Oyakata. Also retiring at the age of 24 is the nephew of Musashigawa Oyakata, the former yokozuna Musashimaru, who fought as Musashikuni and is returning to Hawai'i after six years in sumo.[33] He sustained an ankle injury in November 2018 from which he had failed to recover properly.[34]
  • 25:Promotions to the jūryō division for November are announced. Making their debuts will be Kotoshoho (formerly known as Kototebakari) and Mongolian Hoshoryu, nephew of the former yokozuna Asashoryu. Returning to the paid ranks are Wakamotoharu [ja], Akua, and Akiseyama.
  • 28:Takanofuji is told to retire voluntarily by the Sumo Association after the compliance committee's report finds that he struck his attendant, a jonidan ranked wrestler, on the forehead for preceding him in the bath and his general attitude. However Takanofuji holds a press conference in which he says he will not retire, saying he is sorry for what he did but "this penalty is too severe and I cannot accept it."[35] The Sumo Association has already decided to take disciplinary action at a later date, which could include expulsion.[36]
  • 29: The danpatsu-shiki or retirement ceremony of Kisenosato is held at the Kokugikan, with around 300 guests participating in the hair-cutting rituals, including Shibatayama Oyakata, his sempai Wakanosato, ex-stablemate Takanowaka, and current wrestlers Hakuhō, Kakuryu, Takayasu, Kotoshogiku and Toyonoshima. Former maegashira Satoyama has his danpatsu-shiki on the same date.

October

  • 11: After his initial resistance to the Sumo Association's recommendation, Takanofuji submits his retirement papers and ends his sumo career at the age of 22. His change of heart ensures that he will receive severance pay.[37]
  • 25: The head yobidashi, Takuro, is suspended for two tournaments for hitting a junior yobidashi over the head after he caught him eating in the customer seating area on jungyo. His request to retire has also been accepted. The Sumo Association's director of public relations, Shibatayama, said that violent acts were no longer to be tolerated and it is "regrettable that such a senior official gave such guidance."[38]
  • 28: The rankings for the Kyushu tournament are released. For the first time since November 2006 there are four wrestlers at komusubi, with Hokutofuji and Asanoyama joining Abi and Endō at the rank. The only newcomer to the top division is Wakatakakage, while Takanosho, Chiyomaru and Daishomaru return.[39]

November

  • 9: Abi is reprimanded by the Japan Sumo Association after he posted an image on Instagram of his friend and fellow wrestler Wakamotoharu [ja] tied up and gagged with tape as a prank. Abi and Wakamotoharu apologize in person to JSA chairman Hakkaku and the board for the incident. The JSA has advised wrestlers not to post on their individual social media in future, although accounts run by the stables are not affected.[40]
  • 17: In the Kyushu tournament, Takayasu withdraws shortly before his scheduled bout on Day 8 because of lower back pain. He is the seventh top division wrestler to pull out of the tournament, following Ichinojo (before the tournament, back injury), Kakuryū (the morning of Day 1, back), Goeido (Day 2, ankle), Tomokaze (Day 3, knee dislocation), Wakatakakage (Day 5, ankle), and Tochinoshin (Day 5, rib)
  • 23: Hakuhō secures his 43rd top division championship by defeating Mitakeumi, the winner of the previous tournament with a sotogake outside leg trip to move to an unassailable two bout lead at 13–1.[41]
  • 24: On the final day Hakuhō defeats Takakeishō (9–6) in a bout lasting over a minute to finish on 14–1, three wins ahead of his nearest rivals.[42] Runners-up are Shodai and Asanoyama who both finish on 11–4 after Shodai wins their match today. Shodai receives the Fighting Spirit Prize while Asanoyama gets the Technique Prize.[42] Asanoyama also has the most top division wins in the year 2019.[42] His total of 55 is however, the lowest ever winning total (for comparison, Hakuhō had 86 wins in 2009).[43] The Outstanding Performance Prize goes to Daieisho (8–7) as the only wrestler to defeat Hakuhō. The jūryō division championship is won by Azumaryu who wins a four-way playoff also involving Kaisei, Ikioi and Kiribayama, after all finish with identical 11–4 records. The makushita division championship is won by ex-ōzeki Terunofuji, his first championship since his comeback from injury began in March, and he is guaranteed a return to the sekitori ranks in the next tournament.
  • 27: The jūryō promotions for the January 2020 tournament are announced. There are no wrestlers making their jūryō debuts, but five are returning – Terunofuji, Chiyootori, Churanoumi [ja], Asagyokusei [ja], and Sakigake [ja]. It took Sakigake 29 tournaments to return to the paid ranks after his demotion in January 2015, the fourth slowest ever.

December

The winter tour visits the following locations:

  • 24: The rankings for the January 2020 Hatsu tournament are released. Asanoyama makes his debut at sekiwake, the first from Toyama Prefecture since Kotogaume in 1986. Daieisho makes his komusubi debut. Five wrestlers return to the top division, Azumaryu, Ikioi, Tochiozan, Kaisei and Tokushoryu. There is one newcomer, Mongolian Kiribayama from Michinoku stable. Making way for them are six wrestlers demoted to jūryō, Tomokaze, Ichinojo and Wakatakakage who all suffered injuries, plus Nishikigi, Daishomaru and Daishoho.[44]

Deaths

  • 10 February: The 60th Yokozuna Futahaguro, aged 55, of chronic kidney disease (not reported until 29 March).[45]
  • 14 February: Former maegashira Tokitsunada, aged 49, of heart failure.
  • 16 February: Former makushita 20 Suginoyama, aged 41, of a hemorrhage caused by a blow to the head with a karaoke remote control.[46][47] His attacker, former professional boxer Tomoaki Hashizume, is sentenced to seven years imprisonment in December 2019.[48]
  • 6 April: Former jūryō Saigo [ja], aged 43, of a suspected heart attack.[49]
  • 20 April: Former maegashira Kiyonomori, also former Kise Oyakata, aged 84, of pneumonia.[50]
  • 25 April: Former sekiwake Kurohimeyama, also former Tatekuma Oyakata, aged 70, of pneumonia.[51]
  • 16 September: Former sekiwake Sakahoko, current Izutsu Oyakata, aged 58, of pancreatic cancer.[52]
  • 3 November: Former makushita 6 Haguroumi [ja], a sewanin at Tatsunami stable, aged 53.
  • 13 December: Former maegahira Ushiomaru, current Azumazeki Oyakata, aged 41, of angiosarcoma.[53]

See also

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