Sumo wrestler Takakeisho has been promoted to Ozeki, the sport's second highest rank.
The Japan Sumo Association made the official decision to promote the wrestler, who was Sekiwake, the third highest rank, on Wednesday. Representatives from the association conveyed the decision to the wrestler and his stablemaster, Chiganoura, in a ceremony.
Takakeisho told the representatives that he will strive in the art of sumo to maintain the honor of the title of Ozeki, while respecting the samurai spirit and never forgetting his feelings of gratitude.
Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, the wrestler expressed his joy at fulfilling his childhood dream.
Takakeisho scored 10 wins and 5 losses in the latest Spring Grand Sumo Tournament that ended on Sunday. He has racked up a total of 34 wins in the last three tournaments. The JSA considers wrestlers with 33 wins in three consecutive tournaments to be eligible for promotion to Ozeki.
The 22-year-old wrestler, who is from Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, is the youngest wrestler in the top Makunouchi division.
He rose to the sport's second highest rank after competing in 28 tournaments since his debut in September 2014. The promotion is the sixth fastest since the current six-tournament-a-year system was introduced in 1958.