Japan sumo champions perform New Year rituals

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SHOTLIST:

TOKYO, JAN 8, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

- Meiji sanctuary

- VAR of Hakuho arriving and performing a "dohyou-iri" ceremony for the new year, with two other sumos

- VAR of Harumafuji, who has been promoted Yokozuna in September 2011, with two other sumos

SOUNDBITE 1 Hakuho (man), yokozuna or grand champion (Japanese, 14 sec):

"I hope this year will be better than the last one for the world of Sumo and that new faces will come and join us."

SOUNDBITE 2 Harumafuji (man), yokozuna or grand champion (Japanese, 5 sec):

"I was very honoured to perform in the ceremony with the great yokuzuna (Hakuho)."

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