Exclusive interview with Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze Tochinoshin
10 June, 2019
Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (Levan Gorgadze) reclaimed an Ozeki Title by beating Yokozuna Kakuryū Rikisaburō on the SUMO Natsu Basho tournament 2019. Tochinoshin is the sixth wrestler in the Sumo history who was able to reclaim the title immediately after being reduced in rank.

One of the highlights of Tochinoshin’s bouts was his loss to Asanoyama on the 13th day of Natsu Basho tournament 2019. Tochinoshin made Asanoyama leave dohyo but referees awarded the Japanese with victory (the judges claimed the
Georgian sumo wrestler’s heel went over the boundary). The bout was followed by a wave of response in the local and international media. Leaving the dohyo, Tochinoshin was met with cheers by his Japanese supporters.
The final bout of the SUMO Natsu Basho tournament 2019 was attended by U.S. President Donald Trump along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

‘When I entered the dohyo, my nationality was announced. Hearing ‘Georgia’, President Trump stared me in astonishment. He probably mistook me for a sumo wrestler originated from Georgia, the state in the U.S.,’ says the Georgian sumo wrestler.

Currently, Levan Gorgadze is preparing for the next Basho Tournament in July. Despite losing weight and undergoing medical treatment for his knee injury, Tochinoshin puts all effort to be fully prepared for the upcoming tournament.

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