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Japan Sumo African Wrestler-6

In this photo taken May 12, 2013, Egyptian sumo wrestler Osunaarashi throws opponent Higoarashi to win their bout during a junior division tournament in Tokyo. The 21-year-old Abdelrahman Ahmed Shalan is the first professional sumo wrestler from the African continent under the name Osunaarashi, which translates as "Great Sandstorm." While he's slowly been getting to grips with life in the elite sumo ranks, the young Egyptian does have a unique problem at the 15-day Nagoya tournament where his rivals rely on every part of their preparation being in sync - it coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And for Shalan, that means strict fasting - not something usually associated with the larger-than-life image of sumo wrestling. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

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