• Kyodo


Ozeki Terunofuji, who pulled out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken right collar bone and damaged meniscus in his left knee, said Tuesday he will return to the ring for the Spring Basho in March.

The 24-year-old completed a physical at Ryogoku Kokugikan and said he is back on his weight-training routine ahead of the March 13-27 meet at Edion Arena in Osaka.

“Of course,” Terunofuji said, when asked if he would compete in the next tourney. “I’m getting better. The doctor said I’m recovering too quickly.”

“I’m going to have to change the way I’ve been doing things. The most important thing is not to get injured.”

Terunofuji withdrew for the first time in his career after a fifth-day defeat to Kyokushuho in the January tournament.

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