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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Asashoryu apologizes for rampage

NARITA, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu, who won his fourth straight Emperor's Cup at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament earlier this month, apologized Monday for his drunken rampage last week at his Takasago stable in Tokyo.

Asashoryu became heavily drunk on the night of July 20 and reportedly broke the glass of the front door of the stable in Tokyo's Sumida Ward while neighbors called in police.

"I didn't drink alcohol at all during the tournament because of my bid for a fourth straight title. That put me under heavy stress," Asashoryu said at Narita airport after returning from Mongolia.

"I don't remember what happened but I regret what I did. I'm sorry. I will try not to repeat such a thing," he said.

"It looked like Asashoryu wanted to cut loose. But he has to consider his position" as a top wrestler in sumo, stablemaster Takasago said.

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