09/27/2021 at 4:34 AM CEST
The yokozuna (great champion) Hakuho, wrestler with the highest number of tournaments won in the history of “sumo”,“the traditional Japanese fight”, has decided to announce his retirement due to the knee injury that drags, according to sources close to the matter to the Kyodo agency.
The 36-year-old Mongolian athlete I have been pondering this decision for some time in the face of problems recovering from an injury in his right knee that in recent times has prevented him from competing in many tournaments.
After missing all or part of the previous six tournaments due to injury, Hakuho reappeared at the Nagoya summer championships and he won the cup after adding 15 wins and no losses, pointing to a satisfactory recovery.
But Hakuho has decided to make this decision after also missing the most recent tournament, the fall tournament in Tokyo, due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in his heia (stable) that prevented him from participating.
For many the best rikishi (fighter) of all time, Hakuho holds several records, including having won the largest number of major tournaments (45), after surpassing Taiho’s mark in 2015 (1940-2013), who reigned until then with 32 crowns and who is also for many the best in history.
Hakuho also holds the record for the highest number of victories throughout his sports career. (1,187), greater number of victories in the top division (1,093), greater number of victories in a calendar year (86 of 90 fights in two consecutive seasons, 2009 and 2010) or greater number of consecutive tournaments won (seven between 2004 and 2005).
Also, it is the yokozuna that has held that rank the longest; 14 years and four months today.
Born Monkhbatyn Davaajargal in Ulan Bator in 1985, debuted as a rikishi under the name Hakuho Sho in 2001 and it acceded to the maximum division (makunouchi) in 2004.
He won his first honbasho in 2006, at the Tokyo spring tournament, and in 2007, at the age of 22, he was named yokozuna (great champion), which then made him the fourth non-Japanese fighter to achieve this category.
In 2019 he obtained Japanese nationality, allowing him to head a stable to train fighters in the future.