Injured Kakuryu pulls out

The Yomiuri Shimbun Yokozuna Kakuryu on Wednesday informed officials of his decision to withdraw from the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, a day after suffering an ankle injury while being dealt his first defeat.

The 31-year-old Mongolian has now been forced to pull out of consecutive tournaments, and this is his third time withdrawing from a basho this year.

Kakuryu injured his right ankle when he lost to No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji. He was diagnosed with damage to a lateral ligament that will require about three weeks of treatment and rest.

“I just have to do my best the next time out,” Kakuryu said in Aichi Prefecture. “Whatever harsh words come my way, it is what it is.”Speech

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