Sumo: Kirishima Pulls Out of 1st Tourney as Ozeki

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Ozeki Kirishima

NAGOYA — Newly promoted ozeki Kirishima never even made it into the ring for his debut.

The 27-year-old Kirishima pulled out of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday prior to the first day of action due to a right rib-cage injury that will take three weeks to recover.

It marks the first time since the Showa era (1926-1989) and beyond that a newly promoted ozeki lost by default on the first day of a tournament.

And with fellow ozeki Takakeisho already sitting out the tournament, it is the first time that all ozeki on the rankings list are missing from the first day.