Kisenosato Promoted to Yokozuna!

After a wait of 19 years, Japan has its next Japan-born Yokozuna…Yokozuna Kisenosato!

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Yokozuna Kisenosato was promoted today at an official ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, making him the only active Japan-born Yokozuna, as all the other Yokozuna are Mongolian.

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Kisenosato secured his promotion by winning the New Year’s Grand Sumo Tournament with a record of 14-1–defeating Yokozuna Hakuho on the final day.

After the ceremony, Kisenosato could be seen holding a red snapper fish, which is tradition for sumo wrestlers that are promoted to Yokozuna. The bigger the fish the tougher the sumo wrestler.

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At the next tournament you will now see four Yokozuna, as Kisenosato will take his rightful place alongside the other champions. I think I speak for everyone when I say–

おめでとうございます!!!!

–Sal

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