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While most sumo fans will be looking at the Sept. 14-28 Aki Basho to see whether or not yokozuna Hakuho will add to his tally of 30 yusho to date, surprisingly there is more to the tournament than this. Yes, another yusho for Hakuho could bring him level with the legendary Chiyonofuji, and yes that would leave him just one shy of Taiho’s all-time record of 32 yusho.

But regardless of whether or not Hakuko once more steps up to receive the Emperor’s Cup from the Sumo Association chairman come Day 15 sumo has a new ozeki to laud. And laud they will, given that he is home-bred, still with the gas in the tank to roar to the top should the stars align.

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