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“It’s not only boys who can practice and enjoy sumo. There are girls that like sumo too. I hope someday women can become pros.”

Those were the words of elementary school student Rie Ishibashi, on the day she made history by becoming the first-ever fifth grade female yokozuna at the inaugural Wanpaku girls national finals, held at Okudo Sogo Sports Center in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward on Sunday.

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