• Kyodo


Ozeki Kisenosato may need to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in September to earn promotion to the sports’s highest rank, members of the Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council said Monday.

A day after the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament concluded with yokozuna Harumafuji winning his eighth championship, and promotion-chaser Kisenosato finishing runner-up with 12 wins, the council convened at the JSA headquarters at Ryogoku Kokugikan. While he did not earn promotion after winning 13 bouts in each of the previous two tournaments, Kisenosato’s effort kept his bid for promotion alive.

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