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Takayasu's Filipino grandparents cheer him on for sumo tourney

Sumo wrestler Takayasu's grandmother has hardly been able to get up over the past three years because of arthritis.

But Susana Camacho's state of mind and spirit is just as strong as her grandson, who is in top shape for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament that begins Sunday in Aichi, Japan. Following his outstanding performance in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, Takayasu, 27, was promoted to the traditional Japanese sport's second-highest rank of ozeki in May.

Filipino Japanese Takayasu.
"Akira-kun (little boy)! He is my grandson. I'm very proud of my grandson," Camacho beamed on Friday when Kyodo News interviewed her at her home on the tiny island of Jandayan in the central Philippines. That is also where Takayasu's mother, Bebelita, the eldest of the Camacho's six children, was born and spent her early childhood.

Located more than 600 kilometers south of Manila, the 48.5 hectare island is part of the quiet town of Getafe in Bohol province. Jandayan has just over 3,600 residents, according to the 2015 census.

"We didn't know he will have matches starting Sunday. But I'll be very happy if he achieves the top rank in sumo wrestling. I hope he becomes No. 1," said Camacho, who was joined by her husband, Maximo in the interview.

Since no local television channel broadcasts Takayasu's sumo matches in Japan, while internet and cellphone signals are unstable on the island, the Camachos cannot watch his bouts. But even if they could, Takayasu's grandparents admit they are not familiar with the intricacies of the sport.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/10/17/takayasus-filipino-grandparents-cheer-him-on-for-sumo-tourney

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