Kakuryu, 28, to be promoted to yokozuna

Kakuryu, 28, to be promoted to yokozuna

The Yokozuna Deliberation Council on Monday decided to recommend that ozeki Kakuryu be promoted to yokozuna, a day after he won his first Emperor's Cup in Osaka.

The promotion will be officially decided at the meeting of the committee for deciding the rankings for the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in May in Tokyo and at the Japan Sumo Association's executive board meeting on Wednesday.

The Mongolian wrestler will be the first yokozuna since Harumafuji was promoted to the top rank after winning the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in 2012. Kakuryu will become the 71st yokozuna overall and the sixth to be born in a foreign country.

The three wrestlers who were promoted to yokozuna prior to Kakuryu are all Mongolian-born-Harumafuji, Hakuho and Asashoryu, who has retired.

The 28-year-old Kakuryu made his debut in 2001 at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. He entered the top makuuchi division five years later, and was promoted to ozeki in 2012.

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