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Ichinojo’s triumph at Dolphins Arena in Nagoya redeemed a grand sumo tournament that had slowly been turning into a total farce.

The giant Mongolian’s unexpected — but well deserved — title win flipped the script at the last moment on a meet in which almost a third of the wrestlers in the top division were stood down by the end of the 15 days, due to COVID-19 infections or outbreaks in their stables.

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