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Conspiracy Fallout Over Asashoryu’s Shocking Retirement Print E-mail
Written by Kh. Ganchimeg   
Tuesday, February 09, 2010.
ImageMongolian Grand Champion, Asashoryu (D.Dagvadorj) who announced his retirement last week (February 4, 2010), has caused a big sensation in the Mongolian, as well as the Japanese and international media, (even being reported by the BBC and CNN).

On Friday, several Mongolian newspapers featured articles on their front pages reporting that a conspiracy was behind the former yokozuna Asashoryu’s decision to quit sumo over his alleged assault of a man in downtown Tokyo.

They cited that Japanese sumo officials had pressured him to retire for the fear of the fiery yokozuna breaking sumo legend, and former yokozuna Taiho’s record of 32 title wins.
The newspapers credited Asashoryu with helping bolster sumo’s waning fan base as well as contributing to the recent increase in revenue seen by the ancient Japanese sport.
Zuunii Medee, a national newspaper, called for the “suspension of all sumo broadcasts in Mongolia.”

The President of the Mongolian Judo Federation and Minister of Road, Transport Construction and Urban Development Kh.Battulga, who was ance popular wrestler of judo, said in an interview with Mongolyn Medee, “It appears that the Japanese people were afraid of a yokozuna from a foreign nationality breaking a record currently held by a Japanese wrestler, in the country’s traditional sport.”

Yokozuna Asashoryu’s family and the “Asashoryu” Foundation announced Asashoryu’s retirement in Ulaanbaatar on February 5, 2010.

The Foundation’s General Secretary, E.Sainsanaa, accused the Japanese media of reporting a misimpression about Asashoryu. However, despite Asashoryu’s retirement, the foundation’s activity will still be continued in the future. Asashoryu’s (Dagvadorj’s) brother, D.Serjbudee said “A certain group of people at the Japanese Sumo Association, I believe, are behind all those organized hard times, repeatedly made through Japanese media outlets, that led to today’s retirement decision of my brother”. 

Also, the Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Zandanshatar made a statement concerning Asashoryu’s retirement.  He expressed his shock over Asashoryu’s decision to retire, in issuing this statement: “We highly appreciated Asashoryu’s contribution to deepening the mutual understanding and good relationship between the Mongolian and Japanese people in sports, culture and other fields. We understand the feelings of the two countries’ people and of the media regarding Asashoryu’s retirement. We are confident that his decision will not have an adverse impact on the good relationship between the two countries.”

The 69th Yokozuna, Mongolian Hakuho M.Davaajargal said, “I dreamed of becoming a yokozuna, like Asashoryu.  If he was not here, I would not succeed”. “I was so happy when I defeated him for the first time, and he always made me strong, and I cannot imagine that I won’t see him again in the ring”, he added, with tears in his eyes.

Yokozuna Asashoryu’s Retirement Ceremony will be held in Japan, on October 3, 2010.

The Sumo association discussed Asashoryu’s retirement pay. Former yokozuna Takanohana, a 22 time Emperor’s Cup winner, was awarded the biggest ever payout of 130 million yen after he retired in 2003.

Asashoryu is expected to return home country in March.  Mongolians are preparing to welcome home, the Great Champion Asashoryu.



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