Hakurozan Yūta

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Hakurozan Yūta
白露山 佑太
Personal information
Born Batraz Feliksovich Boradzov
(1982-02-06) February 6, 1982 (age 34)
Russia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Weight 137 kg (302 lb)
Career
Stable Kitanoumi, formerly Hatachiyama
Record 233-218-0
Debut May 2002
Highest rank Maegashira 2 (July 2006)
Retired September, 2008
* Up to date as of September 2008.

Hakurozan Yūta (born February 6, 1982 as Batraz Feliksovich Boradzov Russian: Батраз Феликсович Борадзов, in Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia–Alania in the Russian Federation) is a former sumo wrestler. The highest rank he reached was maegashira 2. His older brother is also a former sumo wrestler, under the name of Rohō of Ōtake stable. In September 2008 both were dismissed from professional sumo after testing positive for cannabis.

Career[edit]

Hakurozan began wrestling at the age of 14, winning the world junior championship aged 16. He started sumo aged 18, winning the Moscow over 100 kg championship.

He came to Japan in February 2002 with his brother. They had intended to join the same stable, but sumo regulations limit the number of foreign wrestlers to one per stable, so Batraz joined Hatachiyama stable while Soslan entered Ōtake stable. As with his brother, his shikona contains the character 露, which can mean Russia. Hatachiyama stable folded upon the death of its stablemaster, former ōzeki Hokutenyū, and Hakurozan joined the Kitanoumi stable.

Hakurozan fought his first bout in May 2002, rising to jūryō in September 2004, and makuuchi in July 2005. After a 10-5 result in May 2006 he reached maegashira 2, but a disastrous 2-13 the following tournament took him down to maegashira 10. He clung on to his top division status with an 8-7 mark at maegashira 14 in January 2007, but a poor 5-10 record in March meant he was demoted back to jūryō for the May 2007 tournament. He achieved nine wins there, which was enough to earn promotion to the top division in July. However, hampered by chronic knee problems, he could manage only three wins in the November 2007 tournament and was demoted to the second division once again. Scraping by with two 8-7 marks in the first two tournaments of 2008, he returned to makuuchi at maegashira 15 in May. Once again he could not maintain his top division ranking, only managing to win four matches.

Fighting style[edit]

Hakurozan often relied on sidestepping at the tachi-ai, like his brother. He frequently employed pull-down techniques such as hataki-komi and hiki-otoshi.[1] Although yorikiri, or force out, was listed on his Sumo Association profile as his favourite technique, with a migi-yotsu or left hand outside and right hand inside grip as his preference, he ended up using hataki-komi more than any other winning technique throughout his career.

Cannabis scandal and dismissal[edit]

On September 2, 2008, he and his brother Rohō had a positive test result for cannabis.[2] This test occurred less than two weeks after fellow Russian Wakanohō was sacked after being arrested for cannabis possession, and the surprise inspection was taken on 69 jūryō and higher ranked wrestlers including the two yokozuna.[3] Although the Metropolitan Police Department questioned the two wrestlers and searched their rooms, no further legal action was taken because it is not illegal to fail a drug test under Japanese law.[4]

On September 6, Hakurozan and Rohō failed a second, more detailed set of doping tests.[5]

On September 8, the Japan Sumo Association held a meeting of the board of directors and decided on the dismissals of Rohō and Hakurozan.[6][7] Both wrestlers moved out of their respective stables but stayed in Japan on short term visas and continued to deny any wrongdoing.

On October 28, the brothers filed a lawsuit against the Sumo Association with the Tokyo District Court seeking to revoke their dismissals, claiming the tests were administered incorrectly.[8] They also sought 100 million yen in damages. Their demands were rejected by the court in March 2009, the judge saying "“It is recognisable that the two used marijuana...and the use of marijuana was an act to damage trust of the association."[9] The lawyer for the brothers indicated that they would appeal the ruling.[9]

The brothers reappeared in court on June 29, 2009, testifying for two and a half hours and criticising the conduct of the tests once again. Cross-examination of witnesses began on August 31, with Isenoumi Oyakata, Tomozuna Oyakata and Otake Oyakata among those called. Former Sumo Association head Kitanoumi, Hakrozan's stablemaster, testified on December 21, saying he voted for expulsion "mainly because Hakurozan was my deshi and I didn't want to be seen as protecting him." Unlike his brother, Hakurozan was not in attendance as he has returned to Russia.

The court found in favour of the Sumo Association on April 19, 2010, with the judge saying, "It has been proven that urine samples which showed positive results for marijuana were theirs, and it is unthinkable that they were mixed up with samples of others... the association's decision to dismiss them was adequate given that the use of illegal drugs had become a serious social problem."[10] The District Court's ruling was upheld by the Tokyo High Court on November 18, 2010.[11]

Career record[edit]

Hakurozan Yūta[12]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
2002 x x (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #41
6–1
 
East Jonidan #70
5–2
 
West Jonidan #28
6–1
 
2003 West Sandanme #64
6–1
 
West Sandanme #9
5–2
 
West Makushita #49
5–2
 
East Makushita #32
3–4
 
West Makushita #40
4–3
 
West Makushita #33
3–4
 
2004 West Makushita #37
4–3
 
West Makushita #28
4–3
 
East Makushita #23
6–1
 
West Makushita #5
5–2
 
East Jūryō #14
8–7
 
West Jūryō #12
8–7
 
2005 East Jūryō #7
10–5
 
West Jūryō #1
6–9
 
West Jūryō #3
10–5
 
West Maegashira #14
8–7
 
East Maegashira #12
7–8
 
East Maegashira #13
10–5
 
2006 East Maegashira #4
4–11
 
East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
West Maegashira #8
10–5
 
East Maegashira #2
2–13
 
West Maegashira #10
5–10
 
West Maegashira #14
7–8
 
2007 West Maegashira #14
8–7
 
East Maegashira #13
5–10
 
West Jūryō #2
9–6
 
East Maegashira #12
6–9
 
East Maegashira #15
9–6
 
West Maegashira #12
3–12
 
2008 West Jūryō #3
8–7
 
East Jūryō #2
8–7
 
East Maegashira #15
4–11
 
West Jūryō #4
7–8
 
East Jūryō #6
Retired
0–0–0
x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Ten Techniques Used By Hakurozan During The Last Six Tournaments". Japan Sumo Association. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Two sumo wrestlers test positive for marijuana". Reuters. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Roho, brother deny smoking dope". Yomiuri Shimbun. 2008-09-04. Archived from the original on 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Russian sumo wrestlers expelled for marijuana". Associated Press. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Kitanoumi stays mum over tests". Yomiuri Shimbun. 2008-09-08. Archived from the original on 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Japan bans Russian sumo wrestlers". CNN. 2008-09-08. Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  7. ^ "Kitanoumi resigns over pot scandals / JSA kicks out 2 Russian sibling sumo wrestlers". Yomiuri Shimbun. 2008-09-09. Archived from the original on 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  8. ^ "2 Russian ex-sumo wrestlers seek revocation of dismissals". Japan Today. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  9. ^ a b "Court backs sumo body over dismissal of 2 Russian wrestlers". Japan Today. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Court says firing of ex-sumo wrestlers over marijuana is valid". Associated Press. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Court again rules firing of sumo wrestlers over marijuana valid". Mainichi Daily News. 19 November 2010. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Hakurozan Yūta Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 

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