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Ozeki Goeido has retired as a sumo wrestler and will move on to a new role as an elder at the Sakaigawa stable under the toshiyori name Takekuma, the Japan Sumo Association said Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Osaka native, who had been facing demotion following two consecutive losing records, is the first wrestler to retire as an ozeki, sumo’s second-highest rank, since Kaio in July 2011.

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