(Sept 14 to 28 Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena)

    Outstanding Performance Award:
    Outstanding Technique Award: None
    Fighting Spirit Award: Goeido

    Final day
    Baruto and Kakuryu had do their bout over and in the 2nd try, Baruto picked Kakuryu up and put him out the ring. Baruto won his 8th bout. That means he's expected to be promoted to sekiwake for the next tourney. Ama shoved and shoved Toyohibiki and won his 12th bout. If Ama performs very well the next tourney, he has the chance of rising to ozeki. Aminishiki moved to the side taking advantage of Kaio's action to the right, and drove out the ozeki. Aminishiki managed to finish with 8 wins. Koto-o-shu threw Chiyotaikai on the ring to clinch a majority win. Hakuho and Kotomitsuki fought for eachother's belt. They parted once and got hold of eachother again. In the end, Hakuho drove Kotomitsuki out to finish the tourney with 14 wins.

    14th day
    Kakizoe pushed out Takamisakari. With that defeat the Robocop succumbed to a majority loss. Dejima drove Wakanosato out to secure a majority win. Kotoshogiku forced Miyabiyama out. It's Miyabiyama's 10th loss. Ama, still with a chance to win the Emperor's Cup lost balance when Goeido shifted position as he stood up. The Mongolian was pushed out to take his 3rd loss. Chiyotaikai gave fast, forceful thrusts to quickly defeat Tochinonada. Kotomitsuki, with a chance of winning the Emperor's Cup, but he was driven out by Kaio. Hakuho and Koto-o-shu tried to get hold of eachother's belt. After sometime, Hakuho got a better hold and threw the Bulgarian ozeki. With this win, Hakuho clinched the Emperor's Cup for the 8th time.

    13th day
    Takamisakari and Tamawashi threw eachother. The gyoji or refree gave the bout to Tamawashi. But the judges reversed the decision and gave the bout to Takamisakari. Miyabiyama shoved Tochiozan down on his belly. Ama drove Kotoshogiku out the ring for his 11th win. Chiyotaikai gave thrusts, shoved Kakryu's head, gave thrusts again and put down the Mongolian to clinch a majority win. Koto-o-shu stood up, kept his eyes on Goeido and pushed down his opponent. Kotomitsuki went fast and straight at Toyonoshima. Toyonoshima tried to shift his position at the verge of the ring. But while he did that, his right foot left the ring. Kotomitsuki went flying out the ring and looked perplexed. The ozeki thought he lost when in fact he won. Hakuho grabbed the front of Kaio's belt and shoved the ozeki out.

    12th day
    Dejima was driven down by Tochiozan. Toyonoshima forced Miyabiyama out. Kaio shoved and threw Goeido while he himself fell on top of his opponent. Kaio clinched a majority win. Ama grabbed Koto-o-shu's arm and then shoved the tall ozeki out. It's the Bulgarian's 6th loss while Ama won his 10th bout. Chiyotaikai tried to attack Hakuho, but when he held Hakuho's body, Chiyo's was the one thrown on the ring. Hakuho keeps the lead.

    11th day
    Dejima did the unusual. He moved to the side and pushed out Kimurayama. Baruto shifted position and drove Miyabiyama out. The former ozeki succumbed to a majority loss. r Ama beat Toyonoshima for his 9th win. Koto-o-shu slapped Toyohibiki and got a good hold of his belt and hurled to win. Kotomitsuki shoved Tochinonada and won his 9th bout. Chiyotaikai banged into Kaio and drove the popular ozeki down. Both are 7-4. Hakuho thrust Goeido down to be the only one with 10 wins.

    10th day
    Asashoryu decided to pull out from the tourney as speculated. As this will be the 2nd tourney in row he's withdrawing from, depending on how he performs in the next tourney, he may have to quit. Goeido was automatically able to earn his 9th win as a result. In the day's bouts,Takamisakari quickly drove Tochiozan out. Asasekiryu forced Miyabiyama down. Kotomitsuki gave Chiyotaikai thrusts then shove Chiyo's head to earn a majority win. Kaio immediated held Koto-o-shu's belt with his right and swung the tall Bulgarian then drove him out. Hakuho changed the position of his hands quickly and drove Ama out. Hakuho and Goeido leads with 9 wins each.

    9th day
    Dejima drove Tamanoshima down for his 5th win. Takamisakari forced Kokkai down for his 3rd win. Goeido appeared to be in a bad position, but he got Futeno's neck and threw him to clinch a majority win. Chiyotaikai moved to the side, slapped Miyabiyama and forced the former ozeki out. Kaio reached for Tochinonada's belt and secured it with his right. He struggled a bit but managed to forced Tochinonada out. Koto-o-shu got hold of Aminishiki's belt with his left and drove him out to win his 5th bout. Kotomitsuki shoved Kakuryu and then drove the Mongolian out. Ama moved around Asashoryu after face off, got behind the yokozuna and drove him out. Asashoryu already lost his 4th bout. Ama clinched a majority win. Hakuho shoved Toyonoshima's body and made him fall. Hakuho earned his 8th win.

    8th day
    Takamisakari appeared to be in charge, but instead he was on the ring first, losing to Tokitenku. Goeido drove Hokutoriki down for his 7th win. Kisenosato attacked Miyabiyama and won with a push out. Kaio got hold of Kyokutenho's belt and drove the Mongolian out. Koto-o-shu shoved forward and defeated Tochinonada for his 4th win. Ama forced Kototsuki down to win his 7th bout. Chiyotaikai pushed Baruto then pulled back. The Estonian fell forward. Hakuho forced Aminishiki down for his 7th win. Asashoryu was not fighting well. Toyonoshima pushed forward, and the yokozuna's right foot slightly left the ring. Asashoryu however went ahead to push back, but the refree raised his hand to indicate that the yokozuna had lost.

    7th day
    Kasugao was told by the refree that his hands were not properly placed to face off. That may have distracted his concentration. He easily lost to Dejima. Hokutoriki gave Takamisakari 2 big slaps. Takamisakari was driven out looking half conscious. When he was walking back to the dressing room, blood was running from his nose. Ama shoved Asasekiryu by his arm and force the fellow Mongolian out. It's Ama's 6th win. Koto-o-shu kept his eyes on Toyonoshima and moved cautiously. At last the Bulgarien ozeki forced his opponent down. Kotomitsuki drove Goeido out. It's Goeido's first loss. Aminishiki shifted position as the bout started and Chiyotaikai was driven out. Miyabiyama gave Kaio thrusts and shifted to the side. Kaio lost balance but regained it and instead Kaio was the one to drive Miyabiyama down. Asashoryu thrust Tochinonada out to win. Hakuho and Baruto had eachother's belt and after a minute of a rather quiet bout, Hakuho took action and drove the Estonian out.

    6th day
    Toshinoshin lifted Dejima up and then drove the former ozeki out. Futeno drove Takamisakari out. Goeido is the only one with a clean record. He improved that by forcing Kotoshogiku down. Miyabiyama threw Kyokutenho down for his 3rd win. Kotomitsuki got Kisenosato's belt with his right and forced him down. Ama got a good hold of Chiyotaikai and forced the ozeki out. Kaio immediately got hold of Baruto's belt and drove the Estonian out. Koto-o-shu lost balance to Kakuryu's movement and was easily driven down. Hakuho charged forward and drove Tochinonada out. Aminishiki shifted a bit and Asashoryu lost balance. The yokozuna was taken out from his back, losing his 2nd bout.

    5th day
    Kokkai forced Dejima down for his 4th win. Takamisakari easily pushed out Kimurayama. Ama forced the heavy Miyabiyama out. It's the Mongolian's 4th win. Kotoshogiku did not properly face off. It was at the 4th try, the bout was legitimate. Chiyotaikai shoved Kotoshogiku out from his back. Toyonoshima drove Kaio out from his back. Koto-o-shu at last won by shoving Asasekiryu out. Kotomitsuki and Baruto had hold of eachother and did not move for awhile. But Kotomitsuki was able to get a better position to drive the Estonian out. Asashoryu forced Kyokutenho out. Hakuho suddenly pulled back and Kisenosato took advantage of that, pushing out the yokozuna. It's Hakuho's first loss.

    4th day
    Takekaze hooked his leg around Takamisakari and toppled the Robocop for his 1st win. Dejima forced Masatsukasa out. Kaio was unable to be in a good position to fight Ama and lost to the small Mongolian. Miyabiyama pushed out Koto-o-shu. The Bulgarian ozeki succumbed to his 3rd loss. Kotomitsuki drove Aminishiki out. Chiyotaikai fell when Asasekiryu shifted to the side right after they faced off. It's Chiyo's first loss. Hakuho drove out Kyokutenho. Asashoryu did not perform a very powerful bout, but managed to take Kisenosato out.

    3rd day
    Dejima drove out quickly a newcomer to the makuuchi division, Kitataiki. Takamisakari drove out Tochinoshin for his first win. Koto-o-shu was powerless. Kyokutenho threw the big ozeki out the ring. Asasekiryu drove Kotomitsuki out the ring. Chiyotaikai gave powerful thrusts to drive out Toyonoshima. Kaio got hold of Kisenosato with his right and threw him like he did in his heydays. It's Kaio's 2nd win. Asashoryu attacked Miyabiyama. But Miyabiyama's slight shift made the yokozuna lost balance and lose the bout. This upset made sumo watchers find Asashoryu loosing the agility and balance he had. In the final bout, Hakuho completed a win, so did it seem. But the refree was trying to stopped him all during the bout as Kotoshogiku's hands did not properly touch the dirt to face off. In the 2nd try, Hakuho fought more cautiously but he beat Kotoshogiku again for his 3rd win.

    2nd day
    Dejima pushed out Takamisakari, despite the Robo-cop tried so hard to get himself hyped by grunting loudly before the start of the bout. Ama was in action, but perhaps tried to topple Kakuryu in too much haste, his throw caused him to touch the dirt first. Tochinonada beat Toyonoshima with an underarm throw. Kotomitsuki skillfully used his strength to put Kyokutenho down. Chiyotaikai gave Kisenosato thrusts and pushed him out. Kaio got hold of Asasekiryu's belt with his strong right hand and drove the Mongolian out. Koto-o-shu appeared to be in control. But Baruto swung the over 2 meter ozeki and the Estonian won. Miyabiyama attached Hakuho, but the former ozeki gradually lost balance and the yokozuna shoved his back and won. Asashoryu did not have an easy fight but in the end managed to throw Kotoshogiku.

    1st day
    Before the start of bouts in the highest makuuchi division, new chairman of the Japan Sumo Association apologized for the series of scandals and said that the association was responsible. As to bouts, Chiyohakuho drove Dejima down. Tamanoshima pushed out Takamisakari. New sekiwake Toyonoshima forced Aminishiki down. Ama walked Tochinonada out. Chiyotaikai ulled away and moved around swiftly to put Kyokutenho down. Kotoshogiku forced fellow Fukuoka wrestler Kaio out the ring. Bulgarian ozeki Koto-o-shu was pushed by Kisenosato but managed to get hold the front of Kisenosato's belt and forced him out to win. Baruto fell on his belly in the bout against Asashoryu. Hakuho grabbed Asasekiryu and easily drove the opposing Mongolian out.

    Pre Tourney highlights
    Roho and Hakurozan follow Wakanoho
    Former sumo wrestler Wakanoho's possession of marijuana was not enough to sent shockwave throughout the country. Urine test of Russian brothers, Roho and Hakurozan showed signs of marijuana intake. They were the only two who tested positive of a total 69 high ranking sumo wrestlers who were forced to give urine sample. Another round of test also showed signs. On Sept 8, former yokozuna great Kitanoumi resigned from the post of chairman of the Japan Sumo Association. Roho and Hakurozan were fired. The next day, Hakurozan appeared in public with his hair down in shorts and shirt. However, after the former Wakanoho held a news conference to state he was suing the association, the brothers came out in kimono and with top knots to say they were also filing a lawsuit.

    Mongolia tourney
    It's the first time a sumo tourney is held in Mongolian. Asashoryu arrived at Chinggis Khaan International Airport on Aug 25, and was looking very pleased. Hakuho arrived only later as his flight was delayed. It's a 2 day tourney. On Aug 26, Hakuho won. The next day, Asashoryu won and fought against Hakuho for the overall title. Asashoryu won with an overarm throw. What was interesting was the Kaio was very popular in Mongolia.

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