Thursday, 5th May 2011
In Japan Sports News, Sports,
Shamed sumo wrestler opts to retire
Former komusubi Futeno has announced his retirement as a sumo wrestler, saying that it was hard to stay motivated after the cancellation of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.
The 30-year-old wrestler said that he "just couldn't move on" and so was deciding to call time on his career, which included winning the Fighting Spirit Prize and the Technique Prize once each, Japan Times reports.
Futeno broke onto the scene with his pro debut in January 2003, before being promoted to the top level makuuchi division in the following season.
After attaining the rank of komusubi, the fourth-highest in sumo wrestling, his career tailed off and he was later relegated to the third-tier makushita division.
Last July's illegal gambling scandal resulted in Futeno's suspension from the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
The sumo world has since been rocked by another expose in February of this year, which found text messages implying that matches had been thrown.
Written by Mark Smith