NAGOYA--Yokozuna Kakuryu on July 13 submitted a request to drop out of the remainder of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, joining the other two grand champions on the sidelines.

The move comes a day after Kakuryu suffered his second straight loss, to maegashira No. 3 Abi, after opening strongly with three consecutive wins.

The 32-year-old Mongolian was seeking to win his third straight tournament, but fortunes turned quickly against him when he lost to maegashira No. 2 Ikioi on the fourth day of the tournament.

Fellow yokozuna Hakuho also withdrew from the fourth day after injuring his right knee. Hobbled yokozuna Kisenosato decided before the tournament started not to compete, making this the record worst eighth straight tournament that he will not have completed as a grand champion.

This will be the first time since the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in 1999 that all three yokozuna have not been around for the end of a tournament.

This will mark the 10th tournament Kakuryu has sat out. The last time was the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in 2017.