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Sumo: Goeido becomes 3rd ozeki to withdraw from Nagoya meet

Sumo wrestler Goeido (Mainichi)

NAGOYA (Kyodo) -- Goeido pulled out of the ongoing Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with a right shoulder injury on Sunday and became the third ozeki to withdraw from the 15-day meet at Dolphins Arena.

    The 33-year-old Goeido slumped to a 3-4 record after suffering his second straight loss on Saturday, Day 7 of the tournament. His stablemaster Sakaigawa said Goeido had told him he is "tired and has no strength."

    "His right shoulder has been bad since around the time of the last tournament and has been inflamed for a while now, so he can't compete" Sakaigawa said.

    "He's had no time to focus on treatment. Even in practice he was putting up with pain and making strange movements. He's been trying to ignore it but now he'll concentrate on getting better."

    It is the ninth time Goeido has withdrawn from a grand tournament and first since last year's meet in Kyushu. He will forfeit his scheduled bout against No. 4 maegashira Meisei on Day 8.

    Takayasu, who is one win off the pace of undefeated grand champions Hakuho and Kakuryu, is the last of the four ozeki remaining at the Nagoya meet.

    Takakeisho opted to skip the fourth grand tournament of the year to treat a lingering knee injury and forfeited his ozeki status after failing to claim a winning record at two consecutive meets.

    Tochinoshin pulled out with knee and shoulder injuries on Day 6 after five straight losses. The Georgian will be forced to fight as a demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki at the next tournament if he does not return and secure eight wins.

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