cfinberg862 at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 7 14:03:42 EST 2007
I have long been an admirer of Tochiazuma. He had plenty going for him as he entered professional sumo, but size was not among those things. I admire his determination, and his ability to overcome adversity and injury. It's almost as though he has to overcome the essential limitations of his own body. He seems to be a model of hard work. I can't recall any occasion on which his public comments haven't been admirable, either.
He didn't look good in his first bout. Facing a charge by Kotoshogiku, he basically relented rather than put his left knee to the test.
According to the English-language broadcast, Tochiazuma has no plans to call off his bout against Roho on Day 2. I just don't know whether continuing to compete in this basho is a good idea. I'll be amazed if he can do it.
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