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Monday, 12th May 2008
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Yokozuna Asashoryu suffers first-day sumo defeat

Sumo wrestler Yokozuna Asashoryu has suffered a first-day defeat at Japan's Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Held on Sunday May 11th, the match was between Yokozuna Asashoryu and Komusubi Kisenosato and could affect Mr Asashoryu's apparent status as the favourite to win consecutive sumo titles, reports the Japan Times.

Originating from Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture, Mr Kisenosato entered sumo wrestling as a professional in 2002 and, in a 2006 interview with the Japan Times, Mr Kisenosato noted that he has always been a fan of the sport.

"There are six Grand Sumo tournaments, called basho, held each year. They take place only when it's an odd numbered month like March or July," said the BBC.

And, according to the broadcaster, in addition to matches being held in Tokyo, Sumo events also take place in the cities of Fukuoka, Osaka and Nagoya.

The event took place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and the defeat occurred during the day's final bout.