Mon­go­lian sumo wrestler re­tires over as­sault

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - SPORTS -

TOKYO — Mon­go­lian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa has de­cided to re­tire af­ter as­sault­ing a younger wrestler dur­ing the on­go­ing re­gional tour in the lat­est blow to Ja­pan’s na­tional sport.

Takanoiwa, 28, who last year was a vic­tim of as­sault that led to the res­ig­na­tion of com­pa­triot and grand cham­pion Haru­ma­fuji, hit a lower-ranked wrestler at a ho­tel in Fukuoka on Tues­day, the Ja­pan Sumo As­so­ci­a­tion said.

The wrestler did not sus­tain a ma­jor in­jury, but has swelling on his face af­ter be­ing hit four or five times with an open hand and fist, the JSA said.

Takanoiwa, whose real name is Adiyagiin Baasan­dorj, was hit with a re­mote control de­vice in a bar by fel­low Mon­go­lian Haru­ma­fuji on Oct. 26 last year, which led to the grand cham­pion’s re­tire­ment the fol­low­ing month.

Sumo has been rocked by a se­ries of scan­dals in re­cent years as it at­tempts to main­tain its pop­u­lar­ity.

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