• KYODO

  • SHARE

The ascension of veteran Mitakeumi to the rank of ozeki and Abi to sekiwake in Monday’s latest Japan Sumo Association rankings put the spotlight on the two wrestlers’ perseverance.

Mitakeumi, a hot prospect out of university, rose rapidly to the three sanyaku ranks below yokozuna, but needed 28 tournaments as a komusubi or sekiwake before his third grand tournament championship in January put him over the top and earned him promotion to ozeki.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)