Time for Kisenosato to retire?

Good morning everyone,

There's a 90% chance of rain all day today...I don't think I've ever seen that before in Hiroshima. Usually, the weather changes from the morning to the evening, but not today. It's going to rain all day today and into tomorrow morning. Saturday and Sunday will also likely see some rain before finally clearing up on Monday.

Kisenosato will withdraw from the upcoming grand sumo tournament, extending his streak of missed events to a yokozuna-record eight meets, his stablemaster said Thursday.

Kisenosato, the first Japan-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo's highest rank, has missed all or part of the last seven meets due to a lingering left chest muscle injury. He has only completed one full tournament since being promoted in January 2017.

He surpassed former yokozuna Takanohana, who missed seven full tournaments in 2001 and 2002, as the grand champion with the most consecutive meets missed since 1958, the year the six-event annual system was introduced.

"Although I have been trying desperately to be in shape, I decided to withdraw since I haven't made enough progress," Kisenosato said. "I will put everything into competing at the next meet." "I'm at the point now (when the question of retirement is surfacing). But my sense of the sport, as well as my muscular strength, has improved a lot. I'll do my best to be able to come back."

Kisenosato missed parts of four and sat out three entire meets since winning last year's Spring tournament on his yokozuna debut. The 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament beginning Sunday will be his third straight full withdrawal.

Well, he said it himself...it might be time to retire. If he were younger and had the potential to become a good yokozuna, I'd probably say it's worth waiting one more tournament, but he's already 32 and, to be honest, he's a marginal yokozuna if you ask me. I know it's great to have a homegrown champion, but if Takanohana was forced to retire after 7 missed tournaments (and he had the chance to be one of the greatest ever if he hadn't got injured), how can we make an exception for Kisenosato who will be lucky to win even 1 tournament as a yokozuna? Consider that he was never that great, he's already 32 and he hasn't fought a meaningful match in over a year and a half...how good will he actually be if he does come back?

What do you think? Am I being too strict? Should we let him have one more tournament to give him a shot at a comeback? 

Have a great day!

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