Kisenosato Withdraws From 8th Straight Tourney
For the eight straight time, Kisenosato will withdraw from an upcoming tournament, marking the record set by a yokozuna.
In a statement made by his stablemaster Tagonoura, the first Japan-born sumo in nearly 20 years to attain the highest ranking in the sport, was pulled due to a lingering issue with his left chest muscle.
The 32 year old has not finished a tournament since his promotion in January 2017, and has surpassed yokozuna Takanohana, who missed seven straight tournaments from 2001-2002, the most since 1958.
“Although I have been trying desperately to be in shape, I decided to withdraw since I haven’t made enough progress,” Kisenosato said. “I will put everything into competing at the next meet.”
“I’m at the point now (when the question of retirement is surfacing). But my sense of the sport, as well as my muscular strength, has improved a lot. I’ll do my best to be able to come back.”
Kisenosato missed parts of four meets, while sitting out for three since winning last year’s Spring Basho in his yokozuna debut. The 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament beginning Sunday will be his third straight full withdrawal.
Initial Report: The Japan times