Wednesday, 26th November 2008
Mongolian sumo Amo promoted
Sumo wrestler Ama is celebrating after being promoted to the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki today (November 25th).
The Mongolian wrestler, 24, received the promotion following a number of a impressive performances in tournaments of late.
An executive meeting of the Japan Sumo Association endorsed the wrestler's ascension after he achieved records of 10-5 and 12-3 in the months of the July and September, reports Japan Today.
Previously, Ama, who made his professional debut in January 2001, had wrestled at the third-highest rank of sekiwake.
The highest rank achievable in sumo wrestling is yokozuna when wrestlers become Grand Champion.
There are currently only two yozokuna; Hakuho and Asashoryu.
In November 2004, Ama broke into the top makuuchi division and has overcome his size disadvantage through speed and tenacity in the ring.
He recently finished runner-up in a play-off defeat to Grand Champion and fellow Mongolian Hakuho in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.