SPORTING DIGEST: SUMO
Saturday 26 December 1998
The yokozuna (grand champion) Akebono will sit out next month's Grand Sumo tournament to recover from a hernia. Akebono returned on Thursday from Hawaii, where he was diagnosed with a hernia and was told it needs another six weeks to heal. The New Year Grand Sumo bout in Tokyo will be Akebono's second missed tournament in a row. He sat out the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in November because of the same injury. Akebono, formerly Chad Rowan of Hawaii, is the first foreign wrestler to reach the rank of yokozuna, sumo's top position.
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