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Former ozeki Miyabiyama, who needed just 12 tournaments from his sumo debut before he was promoted to sumo’s second-highest rank, had his topknot removed in the traditional hair-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

Miyabiyama, who took the coach’s name Futagoyama after his retirement following last year’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, was welcomed by 270 well-wishers who took snips of his hair before stablemaster Fujishima cut off his topknot at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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