Kakuryu takes east yokozuna slot at Kyushu Basho; Hakuho to participate
Riding the momentum of a victory at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, Kakuryu has been ranked as the prestigious east yokozuna at the upcoming Kyushu Basho. It is the first time he has been ranked in the slot.
Kakuryu defeated Terunofuji in a championship playoff at the Autumn meet in September.
After pulling out of the Autumn tournament early with a left knee injury, Hakuho, the most successful wrestler in the history of sumo with 35 career titles, is back on the yokozuna west side for the first time in 11 basho. This will be the 50th meet as yokozuna for Hakuho, ranking him fourth all-time.
Harumafuji, who also has been battling injury, is on the east side.
Goeido, who posted a 7-8 mark at the autumn meet, will be fighting for the second time to preserve his status as ozeki – sumo’s second-highest rank.
The Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament will take place from November 8-22 at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.