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citizenship
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Yokozuna Hakuho (Mainichi)

Yokozuna Hakuho gets Japanese citizenship, could stay in sumo   

Record 42-time sumo champion Hakuho, 34, has acquired Japanese citizenship, the government's official gazette revealed on Sept. 3.

Under Japan Sumo Association rules, only Japanese citizens can become sumo elders after retirement. Hakuho's citizenship change means he could remain in the sport after leaving the ring.

Hakuho, whose Japanese name is Hakuho Sho, was born in Mongolia as Munkhbat Davaajargal. Debuting in 2001, his first championship was as an ozeki in the 2006 Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. He became the 69th yokozuna after winning consecutive tournaments for his third title win in 2007. His overall 1,132 bout wins and 1,038 top-division victories are both records.

The Miyagino stable wrestler married a Japanese woman in 2007, and from early on expressed his wish to teach after retirement. Nine foreign-born wrestlers have become sumo elders, four from Mongolia.

"I want to work hard as befits a Japanese person. Training strong sumo wrestlers is one way I can give back to the sport," Hakuho said.

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