Bulgaria Sumo Wrester Kotooshu Wins Emperor's Cup

Sports | May 24, 2008, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 11
Bulgaria Sumo Wrester Kotooshu Wins Emperor??™s Cup: Bulgaria Sumo Wrester Kotooshu Wins Emperor's Cup The Bulgarian sumo wrestler Kaloyan Mahlyanov-Kotooshu became Saturday the first European to win the Emperor's Cup at the Big Summer Tournament in the Japanese capital Tokyo. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

The Bulgarian sumo wrestler Kaloyan Mahlyanov Kotooshu entered the history of the Japanese sport by becoming the first European to win the Emperor's Cup at the Big Summer Tournament in Tokyo.

In the 14th, last stage of the tournament Kotooshu defeated Saturday sakiwake Ama, thus becoming unattainable at the top of the ranking with 13 victories and only one loss, which guaranteed him the title.

The Bulgarian giant used the okuritaoshi technique by bringing down his opponent form behind.

Several minutes after Mahlyanov won the tournament, he was greeted by the Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, who also wished him many more victories and the winning of the highest rank in professional sumo - yokozuna.

"The winning of the Emperor's Cup is an extraordinary personal success of yours, which sets you a permanent place in the history of this sport as the first European to triumph in this competition", the President's letter to Kotooshu states.

Kaloyan Mahlyanov, born in 1983 in the Dzulyunitsa Village, close to the Bulgarian city of Veliko Turnovo, is currently ranked as ozeki - the second highest rank in professional sumo.
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Jerry - 2 Jun 2008 // 17:58:26


I am sorry for not being clear, it seems a wrestler from Veliko has entered into the Japanese integration through muscle, while the intellect Bulgarian with MBA and LLB from the finest Universities worldwide find it hard to integrate.

The Bulgarian integration spirit is inhibited due to the fact of missing information by our politicians to serve the professionals in the field.

DP - 1 Jun 2008 // 21:25:24


Jerry - 1 Jun 2008 // 21:10:14

On an American Airline Flight from Tokyo stopping over in Honolulu the Business Class of Bulgarian Executives came to a consensus that Kotooshu from Veliko Tarnovo has mastered the integration concepts with Japan.

We with MBAs and LLBs failed due to our intellectual training.

It all lies in the secrets of Gurko Street and sitting under the Monument of the Assens.

The inspiration is walking Vladishki Most.

Kotooshu tell us your secret, since our Bulgarian Group will separate at LAX and we will continue to other parts of this world.

Jerry - 26 May 2008 // 15:24:11

We can learn from a Sumo Wrestler when he makes peace with the Ancient Asian Spirits.

The Military and the Terrorist will not make Peace with the Spirits may it be in Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel!

War becomes a Memorial to the Spirits who were forced into Combat.

Happy Memorial Day USA!

Jerry - 25 May 2008 // 15:41:44

To reach 145kg Sumo wrestler plus the Bulgarian eats Banitsa, Baklava or Tolumbichki and Lokum with an aperitif of Rakiya or Gamza Wine.

Saki and Sushi or Sashimi does not meet the taste of Bulgaria.

However I still prefer my sweet Geisha with the fragrance of aldehydic floral mixing ylang-ylang with neroli with a tinge of jasmine and Bulgarian Rose. Let us not forget the wild breeze of sandalwood with the morning scent of vanilla.

EthanZ - 25 May 2008 // 03:33:21

Bill, the top tier of sumo wrestling in Japan - which is referred to as the "makuuchi rank" has these ranks, from top to bottom:

Yokozuna - grand champion

The Sekiwake and Komsubi ranks are collectively called "sanyaku". To remain at those ranks, one must consistently win the majority of matches in a 15-day tournament and generally one must have a couple of extrarordinary victories. To reach the higher level, ozeki, you must have three very impressive tournaments in a row - a general rule is 33 victories over 3 tournaments. To reach Yokozuna, you need to be virtually unbeatable as an ozeki, usually over the course of a year's tournaments.

The maegashira ranks are ordered from 1 - 15, and divided by "east" and "west", which are pretty arbitrary and simply tell you which side of the ring a wrestler enters from. Ranking at maegashira is based on the previous tournament - if you had a bad tournament, you might come in as East Maegashira 12, whereas a good tournament might net you East Maegashira 2, and an extraordinary one might bring you up to Komsubi.

What's most remarkable about this match is that your countryman, Ozeki Kotooshu, was in danger of losing his Ozeki status. While he is a phenomenally talented wrestler, he's had serious injury problems, mostly with his knees. (He's much taller than most sumo wrestlers, at 202cm, and his lanky frame makes his knees very vulnerable.) He needed a winning record - a minimum of 8-7 - to avoid being demoted to sekiwake this tournament... instead, he'll win the emperor's cup, a historic first for a European.

While this was an amazing performance, it's extremely unlikely that Kotooshu will be elevated to Yokozuna. If he has two more tournaments of this calibre, he would surely become the third yokozuna, alongside Mongolian champions Hakuho and Asashoryu.

Congratulations to the Bulgarian people on this wonderful victory. Kotooshu is a deeply impressive wrestler who honors his country with his performance in this beautiful sport.

More info on sumo ranks: http://www.sumotalk.com/structure.htm
Current sumo scores in English: http://sumo.goo.ne.jp/eng/index.html

Bill - 24 May 2008 // 20:15:43


Where does megashira come into this? I see something like--it may not be accurate--3Megashira2, which doesn't tell me anything.

CreepyS - 24 May 2008 // 19:44:48

Congratuations! Kotooshu enters in the history books with this win as the first European to ever make it - so far he was known as the only active ozeki not to win a single major tournament.

Bill, Im also not very familiar with sumo but it looks like a sport where talent, technique, speed and sheer force (these guys are enormous - 185 cm and 130 kg are considered as very small and very light wrestlers) are not enough to win - you have to be in the right state of mind, be smart enough to read your opponents mind and also be confident and calm. So far Kotooshu didnt win not because he has some defficiency in force or technique but because he was not confident enough and couldnt handle pressure.

the ranks are - yokozuna (grand champion) is the highest - to win this one you have to win 3 tournaments in the higher league in a raw.

ozeki - second highest, Kotooshu was about to be demoted from ozeki rank but instead he won.



Jerry - 24 May 2008 // 17:26:57

Will we ever see a Bulgarian Baseball Player in Yankee Stadium or a Bulgarian Rugby Player at Essex?

A dream is a dreams watching the Bulgarian with a can of Bud Light in one hand while I sit on my padded chair as a royal king.

Bill - 24 May 2008 // 16:35:35


I see sumo from time to time on TV, but I'm not familiar with the grades and what they mean. If this is your thing, can you please list them in ranking order?

Jerry - 24 May 2008 // 16:33:01

From the Geisha and now to the Bulgarian dressed in a mawashi using salt for purification, the Bulgarian became a shinto devine spirit and most important a yakozuna, grand champion.

From the rich rice protein diet to our sweet yogurt, we are winners as we cross tradition and spirit.

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