Former sumo grand champions Wakanohana and Takanohana, the sons of sumo elder Futagoyama who died of mouth cancer Monday, said Tuesday they consider their late father more of a teacher as they paid tribute to him and gave him all the credit for their successful careers the day after his death.

“Since I entered the world of sumo at 17, my father was both strict and kind,” said Wakanohana of the former ozeki who died Monday at a Tokyo hospital at the age of 55.

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