Hi Blog. Great news. Kotooshuu, Bulgarian Sumo Wrestler, has finally won his first tournament, beating out both top-ranked Yokozuna earlier on this week to clinch the match a day before the final bouts tomorrow.
He becomes the seventh NJ (and the first Caucasian) to win after Hawaiians Takamiyama, Konishiki, Akebono, and Musashimaru, then Mongolians Asashouryuu and Hakuhou.. The last four wrestlers became Yokozuna in their own right. Here’s hoping that Kotooshuu joins their ranks!
Koto just has to win two tourneys in a row, IIRC. Konishiki never made it to Yokozuna because he won a number of times but not in a row. Thanks to Konishiki for forcing the Sumo Association to make this the clear qualification, to avoid charges of racism reported in the New York Times back in the day.
Deep and hearty congratulations!
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