Monday, August 06, 2007
Sumo wrestler Yokozuna Asashoryu was suspended by the Japan Sumo Association last week.This is the first time a yokozuna has been suspended or recieved a salary cut.
The punishment was imposed following Asashoryu's non attendance at a regional sumo tour of Tohoku and Hokkaido.The reason given for his absence was an injury to an elbow or a stress fracture to his back which either required surgery or rehabilitation,depending on which reports you read.
However he was seen later back home on Monoglian TV playing soccer in a charity event.Regional tour officals have criticised him for not participating in the tour.
An emergency meeting was held by the JSA following Asas return and the punishment of suspension from the next two grand sumo tournaments in September and November and a 30% salary cut was imposed.
Last night on TV Asa was reported as suffering from lack of sleep and depression according to a pyschiatrist who saw him following the JSAs ruling.
Posted by Tim at 6:38 AM