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Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Takanohana to go overseas for help

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Yokozuna Takanohana, whose knee injury forced him to sit out the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, will receive treatment outside Japan, officials of his Futagoyama stable said Monday.

Takanohana sustained a damaged kneecap and partially dislocated his right knee in a bout against ozeki Musoyama on the 14th day of the summer tournament in May before winning his 22nd Emperor's Cup in a playoff victory over yokozuna Musashimaru the following day.

The injury later turned out to be worse than initially thought, leaving Takanohana out of the 15-day Nagoya meet that ended Sunday.

Takanohana's stablemaster and father Futagoyama said earlier this month that the 28-year-old grand champion wants to receive treatment and undergo rehabilitation outside Japan.

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