Written by Reuters
22 Jan, 2019 | 5:40 pm
Reuters-Sumo wrestling grand champion Kisenosato retired on Wednesday (January 16) following a third successive loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
The 32-year-old was the only Japanese-born wrestler to currently hold the top rank of yokozuna.
“I have no regrets in my life as a sumo wrestler,” Kisenosato said at an emotional news conference on Wednesday.
On his yokozuna debut, he won a second successive championship but then injuries kicked in to hamper further progress. “(After my injury), I have worked very hard,” Kisenosato added as he broke into tears.
Japan’s top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga was one of a number to pay homage throughout the day on Wednesday.
There are now only two active yokozuna; Mongolian-born pair Hakuho Sho and Kakuryu Rikisaburo.
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