Elite sumo wrestler Asanoyama was effectively sidelined for a calendar year on Friday when the Japan Sumo Association handed him a suspension of 6 grand tournaments for breaking its coronavirus safety pointers in advance of the Summertime Grand Sumo in Might.

Asanoyama, who wrestles at the sport’s next-greatest rank of ozeki, will, simply because of his absence, forfeit that rank and possible drop as much as the sport’s fourth-tier sandanme division. The wrestler also had his wages halved for 6 months.

Ozeki Asanoyama (Kyodo)

A weekly journal described for the duration of May’s grand match in Tokyo that the 27-12 months-aged dined out whilst users of the sumo association have been less than recommendations to remain dwelling. Whilst Asanoyama in the beginning denied the allegations, he pulled out of the satisfy on the 11th day after admitting he experienced damaged the regulations.

The JSA said Asanoyama submitted a retirement declaration on May well 21, but association president Hakkaku will keep on to it and only settle for it need to Asanoyama lead to further more difficulties for the JSA in the potential.

Combating out of Takasago stable, Asanoyama, a native of Toyama Prefecture, debuted in March 2016 and entered the leading-tier makuuchi division in September 2017.

The 1.86-meter, 174-kilogram wrestler received his lone grand tournament championship in Might 2019 though battling as a rank-and-file maegashira wrestler. He received marketing to ozeki after the Spring tournament in March 2020.

Past July, Abi, then a makuuchi division wrestler and now rated in the third-tier makushita, was uncovered to have regularly broken the JSA’s tips each prior to and all through that month’s match. He was suspended for 3 tournaments and acquired a 50 per cent spend lower for five months.

Yet another makuuchi division wrestler, Ryuden, missed May’s event soon after he was also suspended for three satisfies for breaking coronavirus pointers.

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