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Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010

Asashoryu says sumo needs insider

Kyodo News

Former yokozuna Asashoryu reckons the Japan Sumo Association should not be hiring an independent committee to reform the national sport.

"Your average person doesn't know his left from his right (when it comes to sumo)," Asashoryu said Monday, after arriving in Japan from his native Mongolia.

"You need to have someone who watches keiko (practice) closely, someone who knows the ins and outs of sumo," added the 25-time Emperor's Cup winner, back in Japan to make courtesy visits ahead of his retirement ceremony scheduled for Oct. 3 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Asked if he would ever become involved in sumo again, Asashoryu said, "Give me a break. I'm done with sumo. The sumo world has done enough for me."

Asashoryu retired in February amid allegations he assaulted a man outside a Tokyo nightclub.

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