Comments on: Egyptian sumo wrestler bests a grand champion. Twice. While fasting for Ramadan. http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2014/07/18/egyptian-sumo-wrestler-bests-a-grand-champion-twice-while-fasting-for-ramadan/ Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003 Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:09:57 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 By: mt http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2014/07/18/egyptian-sumo-wrestler-bests-a-grand-champion-twice-while-fasting-for-ramadan/comment-page-1/#comment-3456948 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:04:59 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4914#comment-3456948 Ethan, as a Japanese and a sumo fan, who lives in the middle east right now, I must tell you that your article is superb. All of us love this guy!

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By: Jeremy http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2014/07/18/egyptian-sumo-wrestler-bests-a-grand-champion-twice-while-fasting-for-ramadan/comment-page-1/#comment-3450059 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:31:42 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4914#comment-3450059 Great post. I stated watching sumo in September (could have been November) of last year. A friend of mine,who’d spent some time in Japan, convinced me that I would enjoy it. He required that I pick a rikishi to follow as it makes it a little more exciting. I picked Ikioi. Frustratingly he started that basho something along the lines of 0-8 and my attention wained quickly. Hugh sent me the link of the (at the time) free u-stream feed so one night, after so many disappointing araibira videos of Ikioi losing, I decided to stay up late and watch the top two divisions to help me get a better introduction to the sport. That was when I saw Osunaarashi. He had a wonderful match as a top ranked Juryo rikishi and it was obvious to these rookie eyes that he was going to become something special. He instantly stood out. I’ve followed and cheered for him (at a distance from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) since.

The match with Hakuho was nothing of what I expected. I thought that if Osuaarashi didn’t get an early strike delivered in the tachi-ai it would be over in a hurry as Osunaarashi’s technique is still obviously raw. But he stood in there and gave Hakuho all he could handle. Incredible.

At this point I’d say they are the two men in the sport with strength that outclasses every other rikishi. Once Osunaarashi refines his technique the, the sky will be his only limit.

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By: Ethan http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2014/07/18/egyptian-sumo-wrestler-bests-a-grand-champion-twice-while-fasting-for-ramadan/comment-page-1/#comment-3437689 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:14:42 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4914#comment-3437689 Thanks, Rahmat. I agree – he’s winning matches based on strength right now, but his technique is already improving. I think he may be getting these kinboshi by surprising the yokozuna – they will be harder to surprise the next time around. It would be incredibly exciting to see an Egyptian yokozuna – let’s hope such a thing comes to pass!

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By: Rahmat Ramadhan http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2014/07/18/egyptian-sumo-wrestler-bests-a-grand-champion-twice-while-fasting-for-ramadan/comment-page-1/#comment-3434963 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:36:42 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4914#comment-3434963 Good writing, Ethan.

Well, he’s the one who brought me to Sumo. Reading about him somehwere, looking at his origins (Arabian and a muslim), finally I got someone to root for. I have watched his entire bouts after becoming Sekitori, and I can tell you, this guy is STRONG. Although his technique is lacking, he still got a lot of time. This is his third year at sumo, and LOOK WHERE HE IS NOW.

He will be a strong Yokozuna one day.

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