Takakeisho withdraws from spring tournament

lonely aloud Takakeisho withdrew from the current spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a left knee injury on Saturday, ending his bid for a second straight championship and promotion to yokozuna.

As the only yokozuna, Terunofuji, missed the entire 15-day competition at Edion Arena Osaka, this becomes the first major tournament in the post-war period to not feature wrestlers from the top two ranks of the sport.

Takakeishō, who lost to third place maegashira Mitakeumi on Friday will lose the fight scheduled for Saturday against No. 1. 3 Nishikigi leaving ozeki 3-4.

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