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Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

Sumo association to discuss Asashoryu's retirement pay

Kyodo News

The Japan Sumo Association said Sunday it will hold a board meeting Wednesday to discuss how much retirement pay it will award former yokozuna Asashoryu, who last week announced he was quitting the sport following allegations he attacked a man outside a Tokyo night club.

The special package is paid to sumo elders who reach retirement age and grand champions and ozeki when they decide to step down from the raised ring, with the amount normally based on achievements in the ring.

Former yokozuna Takanohana, a 22 Emperor's Cup winner, was awarded the biggest ever payout of 130 million yen after he retired in 2003.

Asashoryu won 25 titles, the most recent at last year's New Year basho, but it remains to be seen how a string of scandals involving the troubled yokozuna over the years will affect his payoff.

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