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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007

Asa may return to homeland

Kyodo News

After a second psychiatric opinion it was confirmed Tuesday that Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu is indeed suffering from a form of acute stress, if not full-blown mental depression. Asashoryu, who was slapped with a suspension from two grand sumo tournaments, was examined Monday night at his Tokyo home by a psychiatrist introduced by the Japan Sumo Association's medical committee and was given nearly the same diagnosis he received Sunday. The report by the JSA, however, said Asashoryu has "an acute type of stress," and although his stable elder Takasago interpreted the report as an improvement from the previous diagnosis it is possible the stressed-out yokozuna could be allowed to return to Mongolia sometime this week. "Of course, he is not in good health, but I feel more relieved than the previous diagnosis. We want to see how he does after the next few days," said Takasago. Hiroyuki Yoshida, chief of the JSA's medical clinic that administered the test, attended the examination and reported his findings to Takasago.

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