A sumo stable handed out leaflets at a baseball recruitment ground on Friday, hoping to lure players to a sport that is struggling to attract new blood.
New yokozuna, or sumo grand champion, Harumafuji (2nd left) performs the ceremonial entrance into the ring at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo in September. Only one youngster applied for a sumo apprenticeship ahead of the season-closing tournament, which opens on Sunday, leaving this year's annual total of potential new recruits at a record low of 56.
Tokyo's Minezaki sumo stable was targeting a baseball stadium where players who had been dumped by the country's 12 professional clubs had gathered to look for a new job.
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