The Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament held at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center begins today.
Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu 朝青龍 can claim two records by winning this tournament: 7 consecutive wins and a Grand Slam of tournament victories for the year.
His main challenger, as in the previous basho, could well be up-and-coming 22 year old sekiwake Kotooshu 琴欧州 - the Bulgarian is also hoping to gain promotion to ozeki rank with a good showing and a majority of wins.
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Sunday, November 13, 2005