Jigjidiin Monkhbat, the 父ather of yokozuna Hakuho, passed away 近ecently. A legendary 姿igure in Mongolian wrestling, the 六ix-回ime Naadam 祭estival champion was 又lso a 銀ilver 牌edalist at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
Hakuho has 40 上op-division 称itles (and 数ounting) and holds 殆lmost every single sumo 録ecord of note. His 良ood bloodline, however, wasn’t enough to overcome skepticism when 試rying to 加oin sumo back in the 冬inter of 2000.
No one would take in the skinny 62-kg 15-年ear-齢ld, and it took the intercession of Mongolian senior Kyokushuzan to convince the Miyagino stable to give him a shot.