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Sumo wrestler dies month after concussion


A Japanese sumo wrestler has died a month after suffering a concussion during a bout, as the ancient sport’s authoritie­s come under renewed pressure to rethink their outdated approach to head injuries.

Hibikiryu, a 28- year- old rikishi in one of the lower divisions, died from acute respirator­y failure, the Japan Sumo Associatio­n said.

Sumo fans reacted with horror after the wrestler landed on his head during a bout in late March and was left lying in the ring for several minutes before being given medical assistance.

He was eventually taken to a hospital in Tokyo where he was treated for a spinal injury. Reports said he had complained of numbness in the ambulance.

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