Saturday, August 23, 2014   

(Sumo) Mongolian Kakuryu becomes yokozuna
(03-26 19:17)

Japan's sumo authority promoted a Mongolian wrestler to the top rank today.
The sumo association unanimously approved the promotion of 28-year-old, 154 kilogram Kakuryu to the rank of yokozuna, or grand champion, after he racked up a 14-1 record at the most recent tournament.
He joins two other Mongolians who are also at the sport's highest level.
“I will devote myself to practising and make earnest efforts so that I will not disgrace the name of yokozuna,'' said the 6ft 1in Kakuryu, whose real name is Mangaljalav Anand.
Kakuryu is the 71st yokozuna and sixth non-Japanese to hold the much respected title.
His promotion, which came after the spring tournament finished in Osaka on Sunday, means all three yokozuna are Mongolian.—AFP

   
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