Grand champion Kakuryu has pulled out of the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament because of pain in his right ankle, his stablemaster Izutsu said Friday, the sixth day of the basho.

The withdrawal of the 33-year-old leaves just one yokozuna in the 15-day tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan — Hakuho who won all five bouts so far — as ailing yokozuna Kisenosato said Wednesday he will retire from sumo.

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