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Former Japan Sumo Association chairman Kitanoumi, who resigned in disgrace in 2008 in the wake of a scandal, on Monday became the first in the history of the sport to return to the governing body’s top spot.

The 58-year-old Kitanoumi replaces Hanaregoma, who stepped down as part of the JSA Board reshuffling, since he will reach the retirement age of 65 in February 2013.

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