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Thursday, 4th February 2010
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Japanese champion wrestler announces retirement

Sumo wrestler Asashoryu has announced he is to retire from the sport.

Asashoryu, who hails from Mongolia, is the current Japanese Sumo Grand Champion but has recently hit the headlines over allegation that he was involved in an altercation in a nightclub in Tokyo last month.

The wrestler is 29 and has won the sumo Emperor's Cup 25 times. This tally makes him the third most successful wrestler to compete in the cup.

Reuters noted that during his illustrious career as a wrestler, Asashoryu has been in trouble a number of times. Back in 2007, he was banned from competing after being seen playing football despite claiming to be suffering from a back injury.

He has also been in fights with fellow competitors and is known as the "bad boy" of the sumo world, the news source said.

Following last month's nightclub incident, the Japan Sumo Association ordered an inquiry.

Written by Kimberley Homer.