At the press conference, he and his master did not make eye contact and left separately… Itsu-no-shiro retired suddenly, allegedly “feuding with his master and drunkenly beating up the beautiful landlady”.
It was a heavy press conference.
It was the retirement announcement of Itsu-nojo (30), the 13th rank in the west maegashira division, held on May 4 at Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumida-ku, Tokyo). He appeared at the venue with his master, Minato Oyakata (former Makuuchi Minato Fuji), but the two did not make eye contact and did not shake hands. When the press conference ended, they left through separate exits.
At the press conference, Itsu-no-jo was somewhat dismissive. The reason for his retirement was said to be serious back pain that had been bothering him for some time. At the press conference, he said, “My body is not responding to me. My body doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. It was very hard for me to walk or lie down. It is true that recently, he had been showing signs of pain just by standing up.
However, he had just won the juryo division title in the March tournament with a 14-1 record, and had just re-entered the tournament after two tournaments, so one cannot shake the impression that he retired abruptly. He will not remain with the Sumo Association as a stablemaster, and has no plans for the future. When asked by the press whether he had done all he could do, he replied, “I feel I have no choice but to retire.
More than five hours of discussion with parents and mentors
Itsu-no-jo was a wrestler who was expected to be a future yokozuna. In the September tournament of the same year, he won the Distinguished Service Award and the Fighting Spirit Award by defeating Ozeki Rarezanosato and Yokozuna Tsururyu. In July of last year, he won his first makunouchi championship.
According to “Sankei Sports,” Moshinosuke was in a desperate attempt to console Itsu-nojo until just before the press conference. According to “Sankei Sports,” the May 2 meeting with his parents, his master, and his mistress, who had come to Japan from Mongolia, lasted more than five hours. The parents also asked him to continue, but his decision did not change.
As can be seen from the awkward atmosphere described at the beginning of this article, the relationship between Itsu-no-jo and his stablemaster is not a good one. The trouble was reported in the Shukan Bunshun (weekly magazine) published in November of last year.
Itsu-nojo is usually a quiet man, but when he gets drunk, he changes and lashes out at anyone who gets in his way,” the Shukan Bunshun reported. According to the Shukan Bunshun, he even beat up and bruised the landlady with whom he shared a drinking party. The proprietress is a graduate of a medical university and is a famous beauty in the sumo world. The stablemaster was concerned about Itsu-nojo’s bad drinking habits and did not allow him to live alone, but made him live in his own room even after he became a rikishi.
The feud between master and apprentice dates back to about two years ago. It was discovered that Itsu-nojo had broken his curfew and was out drinking with an acquaintance who was also from Mongolia. When the stablemaster severely reprimanded him, Itsu-nojo rebelled. It is said that he told the master that his activities were restricted due to the new coronavirus and that he was unhappy because he could not live alone and had broken up with a woman he had been dating.
(A reporter in charge of sports newspapers) Although Itsu-nojo was allowed to live alone at the end of last year, he frequently missed practice sessions without permission and cancelled the Sumo Association’s official YouTube programs. According to Shukan Bunshun, the gap between master and disciple has not been bridged, and a lawyer is involved in the dialogue.
According to Shukan Bunshun, the gap between master and disciple has not been bridged, and a lawyer is now in the middle of the dialogue. Recently, he has hardly been seen at any of his training sessions. It is likely that he has lost interest in sumo itself. Considering Itsu-nojo’s talent and age, I can only say that it is a shame.
At his retirement press conference, both master and disciple said that they had not thought about a hair-breaking ceremony. The “Mongolian genius” is leaving the world of sumo in a very bad way.
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