Tochinoshin May Lose His Rank

After a losing effort in his first tournament as an ozeki, Tochinoshin looks to bounce back on September 9th at the start of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

With losses and an injury to his right toe pulling him from the final tournaments of the July basho, the bottom ranked ozeki will need eight wins over the next 15 days to maintain his rank.

The Georgian competitor, who is now slated as a kadoban ozeki, is the first ozeki in 18 years to be threatened with relegation in his second tournament.

Two ozeki, Goeido and Takayasu, were also in trouble of potential relegation in July, but ended with 10-5 and 9-6 records, respectively.

Initial Report: Japan Times

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