Monday, 24th September 2012
In Japan Sports News,
Sumo Harumafuji aiming for top rank after title win
Mongolian ozeki Harumafuji defeated yokozuna Hakuho and was titled winner of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday September 23rd.
Harumafuji san is now even closer to reaching the highest accolade in Sumo, the top rank of yokozuna.
The match ended in a clean 15 to 0 record for Harumafuji. He has now qualified for Japan Sumo Association's (JSA) yokozuna promotion criterion of uninterrupted championships, having won in Nagoya in July of this year.
Only 28 years old, the champion, whose real name is Davaanyam Byambadorj, stated that he is grateful to his parents and ancestors for giving him strength.
"I want to continue and wrestle in a way that moves peoples and provides them with courage and hope," said the winner.
On Monday, the Yokozuna Deliberation Council will meet to consider the promotion. It will likely be made official on Wednesday at the JSA board meeting, making Harumafuji the first wrestler to be promoted to yokozuna since 2007.
Posted by Mark Smith
Related news stories:
Pilot shows there's life after sumo (16th October 2008)
Yokozuna Asashoryu suffers first-day sumo defeat (12th May 2008)
Top sumo wrestler Kaio retires (20th July 2011)
Pride is the only prize at sumo meet (10th May 2011)