Kisenosato Resumes Training

Failing to start or complete nine of the past 10 tournaments, injury-plagued Kisenosato has resumed training this week.

The first Japan-born sumo in nearly two decades to be promoted to yokozuna has been out of action since another injury forced him to pull out of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in November.

Speaking after a closed practice, the 32- year old said that it was a good start for him, claiming there is more work to be done.

Kisenosato sat out the start of the winter regional tour, which began on December 2nd, and is unsure if he will join the tour.

2018 has not been kind to the Japanese born wrestler, recently becoming the first yokozuna in 87 years to post four straight opening losses at a 15 day tournament, as well as missing all or portions of eight straight bashos due to injury.

Kisenosato finished with a 10-5 record at the September Grand Sumo Tournament to temporarily fend off calls for his retirement.

 

Initial Report: Japan Times

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