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Political sumo tourney needs noble yokozuna, worthy rivals

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The Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament ended July 21, with Kakuryu coming out victorious when he defeated Hakuho, a fellow yokozuna and fellow native of Mongolia.

The final bout of the day, was an impressive nail-biter, with the bodies of both wrestlers flushing red all over as they grappled with each other.

By contrast, wrestlers with the titles of ozeki, sekiwake and komusubi--the second-, third- and fourth-highest ranks, turned out to be pitifully undependable.

Notably, all four ozeki wrestlers ended up withdrawing from the tournament, which hasn't happened since the Showa Era (1926-1989) until now.

The strings of “ya” letters for “yasumi” (absent) and the solid circles indicating losses printed on wrestlers’ score sheets, were truly miserable to see.

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© The Asahi Shimbun