Updated May 22, 2012
Read this today via Sumotalk.com that the Yokozuna Deliberation Council discussed the topic of Ozeki and how they are demoted. According to some of the members, they feel Ozeki should be required to win ten bouts to maintain their rank. The sentiments were felt especially after two Maegashira rikishi, Tochiozan, and the eventual Yusho winner, Kyokutenho, fought in a playoff for the Natsu Yusho, even though there are now six Ozeki.
Interestingly enough Sumo & Stogies brought this very conversation up on March 26 of this year shortly after Kakuryu was promoted. Some of us at S & S believe these champions have it too easy. If you haven’t had a chance to share your thoughts, please click the link below: join the poll and make comments.
From Original Post
It’s a dilemma sumo fans and likely the Nippon Sumo Kyokai have discussed for years. Do Ozeki have it too easy? We’d like to raise the question now for a number of reasons:
- Next basho there will be six Ozeki
- Some of them are not challenging for the Yusho
- We believe rikishi going 8-7 consistently are not deserving of the rank, period.
We’ve created a simple fan poll. Feel free to vote with the choices we’ve given or make a comment and suggest alternative options (we can (have, and will) edit the poll to address other ideas). I would argue something needs to change to put more pressure on these top ranked rikishi to help guarantee that we are seeing their best work. Agree or disagree, debate, suggest, question, think! We’d love to hear from you. Team S & S