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It was a historic weekend for sumo in Japan as the first-ever Wanpaku national championships for elementary school-age girls took place at Okudo Sogo Sports Center in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward on Sunday.

Previously, girls who had won through regional qualifying events were unable to take part in the national finals as that event is held in the Ryogoku Kokugikan — a venue that does not allow women onto its dohyō (ring).

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