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Third-ranked maegashira Ichinojo will not compete in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament starting Sunday due to lower back pain, his stablemaster said Friday.

The 23-year-old Mongolian, who will be missing a tourney for the first time since he made his debut in the third-tier makushita division in January 2014, may still enter the meet at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan midway through, according to sumo elder Minato.

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