Sumo Grand Champion Kisenosato Retires


Tokyo, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)--Embattled yokozuna sumo grand champion Kisenosato retired from the ring on Wednesday, after only two years at the highest rank of the traditional Japanese sport.

"I'm very disappointed about failing to meet expectations as yokozuna, but I don't have an ounce of regret in my life as a sumo wrestler," Kisenosato told a press conference at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena in Tokyo.

"I was not able to get back to what I used to be before suffering injuries," he said.

After injuries forced Kisenosato to withdraw from many tournaments, an advisory body to the Japan Sumo Association sent him a rare message of encouragement in November.

In the ongoing grand tournament, which started on Sunday, the 32-year-old native of Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, suffered three straight losses through Tuesday with no wins.

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