The Irish Times - Sports Weekend
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suffering a concussion during a bout, as the ancient sport’s authorities come under renewed pressure to rethink their outdated approach to head injuries.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.