Yokozuna Terunofuji Acquires Japanese Citizenship

Sports

Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Mongolian-born yokozuna sumo grand champion Terunofuji has acquired Japanese citizenship, a Japanese government gazette showed Wednesday.

A sumo wrestler needs to have Japanese citizenship in order to remain in the Japan Sumo Association as a stablemaster after retirement.

Terunofuji, 29, whose real name is Gantulga Ganerdene, was promoted to yokozuna, the highest rank in the makuuchi top division of professional sumo, from ozeki, the second-highest rank, in July.

Among other Mongolian-born wrestlers, yokozuna Hakuho obtained Japanese citizenship in 2019, followed by former yokozuna Kakuryu in 2020.

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