Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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双津竜 順一

Futatsuryū Jun'ichi






Tokitsukaze oyakata (center) while mono-ii




Personal information
Birth nameYamamoto Jun'ichi
Date of birthFebruary 28, 1950 (1950-02-28) (age 59)
Place of birthHokkaidō, Japan
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight172 kg (380 lb)
Career*
HeyaTokitsukaze
Record676-669-30
DebutSeptember, 1963
Highest rankKomusubi (July, 1979)
RetiredNovember, 1982
Yusho2 (Juryo)

1 (Makushita)

* Career information is correct as of September 2007.



Futatsuryū Jun'ichi (双津竜 順一, born February 28, 1950 as Jun'ichi Yamamoto) is a former sumo wrestler from Hokkaidō, Japan. After retirement he became the head coach of Tokitsukaze stable. Following his involvement in the hazing and death of trainee Takashi Saito, in October 2007 he became the first serving stablemaster to be dismissed by the Japan Sumo Association.








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[edit] Career


Born in Muroran, he made his professional debut in September 1963, at just 13 years of age. He reached the second highest juryo division six years later in November 1969. He made his debut in the top makuuchi division in March 1972 but was demoted back to the second division a number of times. He was ranked in the top division for 29 tournaments in total, peaking at komusubi rank in July 1979. He was one of the heavier wrestlers in his time. His last top division tournament was in March 1980, but he continued to fight despite falling greatly in rank. He finished his career in the third highest makushita division.



[edit] Retirement from sumo


He retired from active competition in November 1982, becoming an elder of the Sumo Association under the name Nishikijima. After nearly twenty years working as an assistant coach at his old heya, he became head of the stable when former ozeki Yutakayama reached the mandatory retirement age in August 2002, and adopted the Tokitsukaze name. He oversaw the promotion of Tokitenku and Toyonoshima to the top division in July and September 2004. In May 2007 he criticised Asashoryu for injuring Toyonoshima during training, and visited his wrestler in the hospital. He also served as a shinpan, or judge during tournament matches.



[edit] Dismissal and arrest


It was reported on 3 October 2007 that he would be dismissed from the Sumo Association over his involvement in hazing which allegedly contributed to the death of a young recruit at Tokitsukaze stable.[1] Junior wrestler Tokitaizan, whose real name was Takashi Saito, collapsed and died in June after an intense training session called butsukari-geiko which reportedly lasted 30 minutes instead of the usual five. His death was originally put down to natural causes, but after Tokitsukaze pressed for a quick cremation the young wrestler's family insisted on an autopsy, which revealed the extent of his injuries.[2] Tokitsukaze admitted to police that the day before Tokitaizan's death he had hit him across the forehead with a beer bottle and allowed other wrestlers in the stable to strike Tokitaizan with a metal baseball bat.[1] It was also reported that Tokitsukaze failed to give Tokitaizan any aid and delayed calling an ambulance.[3] On October 5, the Sumo Association announced his dismissal.[4] They commented, "His actions were unbecoming as a stablemaster, he's outraged the public, and he's defiled the name of the Sumo Association."[5] On February 7, 2008, he and three sumo wrestlers were arrested for accidental mortality.[6] Yamamoto admitted for the first time that Tokitaizan was tied to a pole and beaten for up to 20 minutes. He continued to deny the charges against him however, saying "it was not assault, it was discipline."[5] On December 18, 2008, three sumo wrestlers found guilty but received suspended sentences because they could not fight Yamamoto's commandment.[7] Yamamoto's trial began in February 2009.[8] Prosecutors demanded a seven year sentence.



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Futatsuryu Junichi[9]


January

Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March

Haru basho, Osaka
May

Natsu basho, Tokyo
July

Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September

Aki basho, Tokyo
November

Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
1972xEast Maegashira #9

8–7

 
East Maegashira #4

6–9

 
West Maegashira #6

7–8

 
West Maegashira #8

7–8

 
East Maegashira #11

4–11

 
1973(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)East Maegashira #12

7–8

 
(Jūryō)
1974(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)
1975(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)West Maegashira #13

4–11

 
(Jūryō)(Jūryō)
1976East Maegashira #11

11–4

 
East Maegashira #3

4–11

 
West Maegashira #9

8–7

 
East Maegashira #7

8–7

 
East Maegashira #5

4–11

 
Sat out due to injury
1977(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)East Maegashira #12

9–6

 
East Maegashira #7

9–6

 
1978East Maegashira #3

4–11

 
East Maegashira #9

9–6

 
East Maegashira #4

4–11

 
West Maegashira #11

8–7

 
West Maegashira #8

9–6

 
East Maegashira #4

5–10

 
1979East Maegashira #9

7–8

 
West Maegashira #10

8–7

 
East Maegashira #7

10–5

 
East Komusubi

4–11

 
West Maegashira #7

8–7

 
West Maegashira #4

5–10

 
1980West Maegashira #8

6–9

 
East Maegashira #13

3–4–8

 
(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)
1981(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)(Jūryō)
1982(Makushita)(Makushita)(Makushita)(Makushita)(Makushita)West Makushita #32

Retired

1–6–0
Record given as win-loss-absent    Championship Retired Demoted from makuuchi

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

Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi


Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira


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