Ex-Sumo Champion Wajima Dies at 70

Society Sports

Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Former yokozuna sumo grand champion Wajima, who won 14 professional tournament titles, has died at a Tokyo hospital, it was learned Tuesday. He was 70.

Born in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, Wajima, whose real name was Hiroshi Wajima, performed brilliantly in student sumo competitions when in high school and college.

He made his professional sumo debut in January 1970.

Wajima moved up the ladder of the sumo world quickly on the strength of his high physical ability and good sense of sumo wrestling.

He was promoted to sumo's highest rank of yokozuna soon after the May tournament in 1973.

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