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Japan's decade-long wait for sumo champion ends with Kotoshogiku

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 05:50
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Kotoshogiku with his Emperor's Cup trophy, following his victory in the New Year Grand Sumo tournament in Tokyo on Sunday. There are five more tournaments this year, and a nation of sumo fans will be hoping Kotoshogiku is not a one-hit wonder.
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Kotoshogiku throwing down his opponent Goeido in his final bout to finish with a 14-1 record, to win the first top-level sumo wrestling tournament of the year.

Tokyo

IN Tokyo last weekend, sumo wrestler Kotoshogiku won the first of the year's six top-level tournaments. The result was big news because of his nationality: Japanese.

Since the 1990s, foreigners have come to dominate the top level of sumo, Japan's national sport. Though there