Takanoiwa Trains For First Time Since Bar Fight
For the first time since being beaten in a bar fight by now retired yokozuna Harumafuji last fall, Takanoiwa took part in training on Thursday and seems to be preparing to take part in the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.
As reported by the Japan Times, Takanoiwa did not comment on his participation in the tournament starting on March 11th at the Edion Arena in Osaka, he told reporters that he’s getting back to where he needs to be.
“Although only very gradually, I’ve been able to get back to training,” Takanoiwa said.
“I wouldn’t say I’m feeling comfortable (with my body movements) because I haven’t wrestled yet. I’m just focusing on doing my best (to prepare for the spring meet).”
Takanoiwa told reporters that he was recovering in Tokyo following the assault in Tottori in October, where he suffered a skull fracture and concussion at the hands of Harumafuji.
If Takanoiwa is looking to get in the tournament, he will need to make his intentions known before March 9th as that is when the match-making committee will decide the schedule for the 15 day tournament.
Original Story: Japan Times