Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010
In general, everybody thought he should be punished for what he did, but the decision was rough on one of the top ambassadors for the sport.
Japanese media and Japan itself are way too selfish. He should not have been forced to resign. The way they blanketed him with both praise and condemnation was fickle.
I'm sad that Asashoryu has retired from the world of sumo, because he was really strong, and I also thought he was cute.
Recruitment, 32 (American)
I know that we have to respect traditional culture, but surely it is unprecedented for a top sportsman to be booted out of his sport like this.
Asashoryu was strong, but in the sumo world it is also about other things. He didn't respect the values he should have, but his resignation is still sad.
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I really love sumo, and I think that it's a shame he won't be wrestling anymore. Without him, the sport will be a lot less interesting.