Midorifuji leads as Osaka tournament runs out of ozeki or yokozuna after Takakeisho leaves

Grappler rank and file Midorifuji remained undefeated on Saturday, taking the lead after seven days of the spring Sumo Grand Tournament, where the ring action was marred by the departure of a lone aloud Takakeisho.

The 15-day tournament at Edion Arena in Osaka was the first since the beginning of the Showa era in 1926 to not feature a wrestler from the top two sumo ranks after Takakeishō’s departure, combined with the absence of a lone wrestler. yokozuna Terunofuji after surgery.

The 26-year-old Takakeisho completed his bid for a second consecutive championship title and yokozuna promotion after pulling out of the tournament earlier in the day with a left knee injury.

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