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Yokozuna Kakuryu, a six-time Emperor’s Cup winner whose career is on the line after withdrawing from four straight tournaments, said Wednesday he will compete in the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

“It’s time I competed,” the 35-year-old Kakuryu, who has long been dealing with elbow and lower back pain, told reporters over the phone. “Whether I can focus on my sumo — it all comes down to that.”

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