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Newly promoted yokozuna Asashoryu received an honorary award from the Mongolian government on Tuesday in recognition of his achievement in professional sumo.

Prime Minister Nambaryn Enkhbayar gave the award to Asashoryu at the government office, a day after the 22-year-old arrived in the Mongolian capital for his first homecoming since being promoted to the highest rank of sumo two weeks ago.

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