A 19-year-old wrestler who fled the war in Ukraine will take a step toward fulfilling his sumo dream next month in Fukuoka.

Aonishiki, real name Danylo Yavhusishin, stepped on the hallowed dohyō at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan for the first time in September in a preliminary bout for unranked wrestlers at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

He is set to debut as a ranked wrestler at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament from Nov. 12 at Fukuoka Kokusai Center in the bottom-tier jonokuchi division.