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Wanpaku Tokyo Qualifiers 2019

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Last weekend, while Hokutofuji was waiting for what turned out to be good news from the Nagoya Banzuke, three of his Renseikan kohai were giving their all in the Tokyo qualifiers. However, neither Tsurumi Yusei nor Kinoshita Shun were able to make much headway into the tournament, and while Miyazaki Keijiro did reach the quarter-finals, that wasn't enough to earn him a spot at the Wanpaku National Championships.

The Grade 6 winner, as it has been for the past two years, is the former Wanpaku Yokozuna Kodama Hayato. It's great to see that he's still got what it takes to continually being successful, but he will have to step up his game if he wants to regain his wanpaku title, as Kumamoto's Kuraoka Yuta is an opponent whom he has not beaten for two years now.

P.S. For the first time ever, this year's Wanpaku Tournament has a girl's counterpart, which will take place on Sunday 25th August at Eight Hall in the Katsushika District (about 5 minutes south of Aoto Bridge)

P.P.S. Due to renovation work at the Kokugikan Stadium in preparation for next year's Tokyo Olympics, this year's Wanpaku Tournament (boy's division) will take place on Sunday 4th August at the Sumida City Gymnasium. Likewise, the National Middle School Student Championships has been moved to Yasukuni Shrine, and will also take place on 4th August. The Friendly Examination Tournament has been postponed until October



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