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Thursday, March 6, 2003

Takanowaka set to miss basho

OSAKA (Kyodo) Sekiwake Takanowaka is set to pull out of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, which gets under way Sunday, after failing to recover from a knee injury, sumo officials said Wednesday.

Takanowaka, who damaged knee ligaments in a loss to Kotomitsuki on the final day of the New Year meet in Tokyo, had hoped to make a swift recovery in time for the Osaka tourney but the injury appears to be worse than initially diagnosed.

The 26-year-old, who finished 9-6 in January, was looking to launch his ozeki promotion campaign in the March 9-23 tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

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