Yokozuna Hakuho Acquires Japanese Citizenship

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Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--Yokozuna grand champion Hakuho, a Mongolian-born sumo wrestler who holds a record 42 grand tournament titles, has acquired Japanese citizenship, a Japanese government gazette showed Tuesday.

Japanese citizenship is necessary for a wrestler to remain in the Japan Sumo Association as a stablemaster after retirement.

Hakuho, 34, intends to continue as a wrestler at least until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Miyagino stable wrestler married a Japanese woman in February 2007.

"Working hard on sumo for 18 years led to today," said Hakuho, whose real name is Munkhbat Davaajargal.

He made his debut in the March 2001 tournament and advanced to the makuuchi top division in the May 2004 tournament before being promoted to yokozuna after the May 2007 tournament.

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