Yokozuna http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/33123/all en Sumo legend to get posthumous Japan award http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/sumo-legend-get-posthumous-japan-award <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan is to give one of its highest honours to a late sumo wrestler who dominated the sport in the 1960s and came to symbolise a golden era when homegrown stars ruled, an official said Friday.</p> <p>Taiho, whose real name was Koki Naya, died of heart failure in hospital in Tokyo last month. He was 72.</p> <p>His name is synonymous for many Japanese with the high energy growth and economic excitement of a decade when sumo wrestlers were unconditionally respected as heroes and the sport was untainted by the damaging scandals of recent years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/sumo-legend-get-posthumous-japan-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Heya Politics Sumo War Yokozuna AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 04:45:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756295 at http://www.globalpost.com Sumo: New Mongolian grand champ sees good future http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/sumo-new-mongolian-grand-champ-sees-good-future <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Newly-crowned sumo grand champion Harumafuji said Monday he sees a good future for the ancient but scandal-tainted Japanese sport as well as for his own career as a top fighter.</p> <p>Harumafuji was promoted last year to become sumo's first new grand champion for five years. He is the third Mongolian in succession to reach the sport's top rank, or yokozuna.</p> <p>The 28-year-old said he adheres to a strict training regimen not only to build up his strength but also to become an admired yokozuna who can give inspiration and hope to his audience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/sumo-new-mongolian-grand-champ-sees-good-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Harumafuji Harumafuji Kōhei Ōzeki Yokozuna AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:31:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758913 at http://www.globalpost.com Sumo: Wrestler cleared of match-fixing, raring to go http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130705/sumo-wrestler-cleared-match-fixing-raring-go <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A sumo wrestler who successfully fought match-fixing allegations vowed Friday he will come back fighting at the Nagoya tournament, which starts this weekend.</p> <p>"I will go all out," Sokokurai told Japanese media at his training facility in Nagoya, central Japan, as he geared up for his first official bout in more than two years. </p> <p>"My condition is not bad," said the 29-year-old from the Inner Mongolia region of China, ahead of the 15-day tournament.</p> <p>"I have no fear. I have done what I should do," added the wrestler, whose real name is Enhetubuxin.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130705/sumo-wrestler-cleared-match-fixing-raring-go" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sokokurai Sōkokurai Eikichi Sumo people Yokozuna AFP Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:02:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5876329 at http://www.globalpost.com Sumo: Egypt Muslim ready to fight through Ramadan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130708/sumo-egypt-muslim-ready-fight-through-ramadan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Arab world's first professional sumo wrestler says fasting for Ramadan will give him courage during his inaugural tournament in the famously weighty elite ranks of the sport.</p> <p>Egyptian Osunaarashi (Great Sandstorm) believes observing the Muslim holy month, which begins Tuesday, will boost his performance, despite not being able to eat during the day.</p> <p>"I will have a greater fighting spirit during Ramadan," said the wrestler, whose real name is Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130708/sumo-egypt-muslim-ready-fight-through-ramadan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Osunaarashi Ōzeki Sumo people Yokozuna AFP Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:32:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5878180 at http://www.globalpost.com The living dead bring Tokyo to life for Halloween http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131031/the-living-dead-bring-tokyo-life-halloween <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A zombie army marched on Tokyo Tower for Halloween on Thursday, with a one-time sumo grand champion bringing some weight to the gathering of the dead.</p> <p>Around 1,200 people turned out in full make-up to roam the streets in an event organised by a television channel and a local beauty college.</p> <p>At the front was Akebono, sumo's first ever foreign yokozuna -- grand champion -- whose towering frame dominated the sport in the 1990s.</p> <p>Behind him stood enough sickly and wounded undead to give unsuspecting shoppers lasting nightmares.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131031/the-living-dead-bring-tokyo-life-halloween" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Slasher films Yokozuna AFP Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:04:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5976296 at http://www.globalpost.com Sumo: Grand champs flex muscles in New Year offering http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140108/sumo-grand-champs-flex-muscles-new-year-offering <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sumo's two grand champions, all but naked in a chilly winter drizzle, performed a pre-match ritual at a grand shrine in Tokyo Wednesday as a traditional New Year offering to Shinto gods.</p> <p>Some 2,800 visitors watched the two Mongolian behemoths pound the ground with their feet and flex their muscles in the front yard of the main sanctuary at Meiji Shrine.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140108/sumo-grand-champs-flex-muscles-new-year-offering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hakuhō Shō Human Interest Ōzeki Yokozuna AFP Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:31:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6037789 at http://www.globalpost.com Sumo: Grand champs flex muscles in New Year offering http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140108/sumo-grand-champs-flex-muscles-new-year-offering-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sumo's two grand champions, all but naked in a chilly winter drizzle, performed a pre-match ritual at a grand shrine in Tokyo Wednesday as a traditional New Year offering to Shinto gods.</p> <p>Some 2,800 visitors watched the two Mongolian behemoths pound the ground with their feet and flex their muscles in the front yard of the main sanctuary at Meiji Shrine.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140108/sumo-grand-champs-flex-muscles-new-year-offering-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hakuhō Shō Human Interest Ōzeki Yokozuna AFP Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:31:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6037790 at http://www.globalpost.com Sumo: Grand champ Harumafuji out of New Year tournament http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140110/sumo-grand-champ-harumafuji-out-new-year-tournament <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan's premier sumo tournament will go ahead without one of its grand champions for the first time in five years, officials said Friday, with Harumafuji sidelined by an ankle injury.</p> <p>Harumafuji, one of two reigning "yokozuna" will skip the New Year tournament due to start at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sunday, the Japan Sumo Association said.</p> <p>The 29-year-old Mongolian, who reached the sport's top rank in September 2012, twisted his right ankle and partially tore ligaments when he slipped while running in training in late December, his stablemaster Isegahama said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140110/sumo-grand-champ-harumafuji-out-new-year-tournament" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Harumafuji Human Interest Ōzeki Sumo people Yokozuna AFP Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:15:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6039659 at http://www.globalpost.com Sumo: Rising Arab wants to pitch 'ugly sport' at home http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140212/sumo-rising-arab-wants-pitch-ugly-sport-at-home-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The first professional sumo wrestler from the Arab world is hoping to use his meteoric rise up the ranks of the sport he once called "ugly" to spread it throughout Africa and the Middle East.</p> <p>"Day by day, my fans in the Middle East are growing more and more," said Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, often called the first Muslim to enter the ring.</p> <p>"At the beginning, they said 'what's sumo?' and 'why did you choose sumo?'" the 22-year-old Egyptian, who goes by the name of "Osunaarashi" (Great Sandstorm), said Wednesday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140212/sumo-rising-arab-wants-pitch-ugly-sport-at-home-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nationality Osunaarashi Sumo Yokozuna AFP Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:33:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6068354 at http://www.globalpost.com Sumo: Japan welcomes another Mongolian grand champ http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140326/sumo-japan-welcomes-another-mongolian-grand-champ <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan's sumo authority on Wednesday promoted a Mongolian wrestler to the top rank, consolidating the land-locked nation's grip on the ancient sport.</p> <p>The sumo association unanimously approved the promotion of 28-year-old Kakuryu to the rank of yokozuna, or grand champion, after he crashed through his opponents with a 14-1 record at the most recent tournament.</p> <p>He joins two other Mongolians who are also at the sport's highest level.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140326/sumo-japan-welcomes-another-mongolian-grand-champ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kakuryu Kakuryū Rikisaburō Sumo Yokozuna AFP Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:51:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6105195 at http://www.globalpost.com Egyptian sumo wrestler storms his way into ancient sport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140731/egyptian-sumo-wrestler-storms-his-way-ancient-sport <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Elaine Lies and Ami Miyazaki</p> <p>INAZAWA Japan (Reuters) - Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi was a large, muscular Egyptian teenager with a passion for body building when a friend recommended he try the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. But it was a hard sell.</p> <p>"This sport is about two elephants pushing each other," he recalls thinking. "I'm a body builder, man. It's so ugly for me, I will never do it."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140731/egyptian-sumo-wrestler-storms-his-way-ancient-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Now Osunaarashi Sumo people Sumo wrestling Yokozuna Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:00:54 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6220402 at http://www.globalpost.com