[sumo] More Asashoryu News
Scott M. Kahn
smk1 at columbia.edu
Mon Dec 10 20:48:22 EST 2007
Interesting post, Wayne. Hope you're enjoying your return home.
Hmmm. Somebody apparently didn't accept Asashoryu's
Kyokai-sanctioned apology the second time around. Any calls for
Tomozuna's suspension for going against the time honored tradition
of welcoming a Yokozuna for training?
Toyonoshima will probably be shivering in his mawashi the next time
he faces Asashoryu.
Kitanoumi may be losing complete control of the Kyokai, he should
have had Tomozuna under wraps. Too bad for sumo that the Kyokai
Quoting "Wayne, Emmett Mr CIV USA USAMC" <emmett.wayne at us.army.mil>:
> >From Japan Today e-mail:
> Asashoryu refused entry for training because stablemaster doesn't
> like his
> Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 07:17 EST
> TOKYO - Asashoryu was refused entry to train at a stable on
> Monday because
> the stablemaster fundamentally disagrees with the Mongolian grand
> sumo philosophy. Stablemaster Tomozuna said there is a chasm
> between his
> thinking about sumo and the Takasago stable, which he feels has
> sullied the
> ancient sport due to the misconduct of Asashoryu in August.
> "There is a difference between the way I think and the way the
> conducts himself in terms of sumo training as well as the way of
> Takasago stable," Tomozuna said. It had been common for wrestlers
> to train
> at various stables before the incident involving Asashoryu in
> August, but
> Tomozuna notified sources close to the Takasago stable on Monday
> that all
> rikishi from the latter stable will be refused.
> "The fact that he (Asashoryu) alone damaged the image of the sumo
> association is a big factor. There is a gap between us and that
> stable. They probably won't be coming here anymore," Tomozuna
> Tomozuna apparently also has a problem with Asashoryu's
> roughhouse tactics in the dohyo.
> He injured Toyonoshima, then a newly promoted komusubi, with an
> technique during training in May and caused more flack by
> slamming down
> several of the younger wrestlers in a recently concluded winter
> Asked about his plans to train at other stables, Asashoryu said,
> "All of the
> stables are busy these days. When my foot heals and I regain my
> I'll go."
> Asahsoryu resumed practice last Friday at the Takasago stable for
> the first
> time since being handed a two-match ban for skipping a summer
> tour after
> citing injuries, though he was later discovered playing in a
> charity soccer
> The 27-year-old was diagnosed with an inflamed right foot last
> week but has
> set his sights on returning for the New Year meet which will get
> under way
> on Jan 13.
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