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The Japan Sumo Association’s yokozuna advisory body on Monday issued a stern warning to the sport’s two grand champions, Hakuho and Kakuryu, over their lack of participation in recent competitions.

The session of the Yokozuna Deliberation Council, attended by six members, resolved to hand its second-most severe recommendation to each of the 35-year-old Mongolian-born yokozuna, both of whom missed the entirety of the past two grand tournaments due to injuries.

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