When the opposing athlete completely loses his center of balance, it is not a loss if an athlete steps out of the dohyo slightly before the opposing athlete.
It is a not loss when an athlete steps out of the dohyo when lifting his opponent out of the dohyo with his legs suspended in the air. However, he loses the match if he carries out the move by stepping back and his heel steps out of the dohyo.
It is not a loss, if the “orikomi” of a mawashi touches the dohyo.
When a match is won using a throwing move, etc., it is not a loss if the toes of an athlete who does the throwing curl in and touch the dohyo.
The gyoji shall call out “shobu atta” (the match is won) at the instant a match is won at all times and he shall point out the winner with his hand to either the east or the west side of the dohyo.
If the head or sub-referees have and objection to the gyoji's decision, they shall raise their right hand immediately to lodge a formal objection.
2. A sub-referee may lodge an objection when he has been unable to confirm the gyoji's decision, due to the poor view of the match from his view position.
When an objection has been raised, the referees shall immediately stand in the center of the dohyo to carry out their deliberations.
2. The gyoji shall clearly explain his reasons for the decision as a point of reference for the deliberations.