Sumo might be Japan’s national sport, but for most of the last two decades it has been dominated by Mongolians.

From November 2002, when Ulaanbaatar native Asashoryu won his first Emperor’s Cup, to January 2016, when Kotoshogiku broke a 10-year title drought for Japan-born rikishi, Mongolian wrestlers claimed an astounding 81 of 88 championships.

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