New sumo grand champion knows Mongolian sign language

September 23, 2012

The Associated PRESS reported that Mongolian wrestler Harumafuji has been promoted to sumo's highest rank, becoming the 70th grand champion in the history of the sport.

He came to Japan from Mongolia in September, 2000 to play sumo, one of the Japanese traditional sports. Even if exercise was severe, he wanted to prove that he was one of the best sumo wrestlers.

He is the youngest of three brothers, and knows how to sign because the eldest brother is Deaf.

Five years ago, he established the foundation "ABAAZAN" in Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital, where eight persons with disabilities are making eco-friendly bags and aprons.

English edition:
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/sports/sumo/AJ201209260010

Japanese edition:
http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/p-sp-tp3-20120923-1021646.html

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