Sumo: Yokozuna Hakuho pulls out of Spring basho


Mongolian grand champion Hakuho on Thursday pulled out of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament due to injury.

Hakuho's withdrawal comes a day after he crashed to his second loss on the fourth day of the 15-day meet at Edion Arena Osaka.

Hakuho, the most successful wrestler in sumo history with 37 career titles, has been carrying a right foot injury sustained in practice before the start of the tournament. His stablemaster Miyagino said the grand champion also had swelling in his thigh.

"I'm not sure of all the details but we will get everything checked out at the hospital," said Miyagino.

On Wednesday, Hakuho was beaten by top-ranked maegashira Ikioi, who posted his first win of the meet.

Hakuho's withdrawal is his first since missing the entire Autumn basho last year and fifth overall. He forfeits Thursday's scheduled bout against komusubi Mitakeumi.

With Kisenosato making his debut at yokozuna, the Spring meet featured four grand champions for the first time in 17 years.

Kisenosato was the only yokozuna with a flawless 4-0 record going into Thursday's bouts.


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