Goeido Looking for Promotion to Yokozuna

Ozeki Goeido was the talk to the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament back in September, going a perfect 15-0 en route to his first championship.

Now, Goeido will be looking to impress even more as he look at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, which stars Sunday, as an opportunity for promotion to yokozuna.

"I’ve been able to train at my own pace," Goeido said. "It’s around the same rate [as usual] but that doesn’t mean I can win the tournament this time, too."

Goeido essentially had his back against the wall at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Since achieving the rank of ozeki in September 2014, he had gone 93-86 heading into this past July, which included four losing records at tournaments. Had his performance earned him a losing record back at the September tournament, which would have been his second straight, he would have been demoted from ozeki.

However, Goeido shocked everybody by going a perfect 15-0 and captured his first Emperor’s Cup. This made Goeido the first sumo facing demotion from ozeki to go undefeated in a tournament.

Now, Goeido may become the first Japanese-born sumo wrestler to be promoted to yokozuna since 1998.

"I’ve made good preparations. All I have to do now is give my best shot at the tournament," Goeido said.

Grand champion Harumafuji trained with Goeido on Wednesday in preparation for the tournament, and Goeido managed to defeat Harumafuji 10-4.

"His body is getting bigger and lean. He was strong," Harumafuji said.

Original story: http://kyodonews.net/news/2016/11/11/87931

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