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Monday, August 6, 2007

Sumo wrestler depressed, having trouble eating

TOKYO (Reuters) - Troubled "yokozuna" Asashoryu was diagnosed on Sunday as being one step away from clinical depression following his suspension from two sumo tournaments, Kyodo news agency reported.
The firebrand Mongolian was banned last week for playing soccer while supposedly injured.
"His face is gloomy and I felt sorry for him," Kyodo quoted psychiatrist Masaki Honda as saying after examining the grand champion at his home in Tokyo.
Honda said Asashoryu was having trouble eating and sleeping and recommended that he should be allowed to return to Mongolia to prevent further deterioration of his condition, Kyodo said.
Asashoryu has been told to stay at home following his suspension from major tournaments next month and in November.
The mighty Mongolian, whose real name is Dolgorsuren Dagvadorj, was promoted to sumo's highest rank of yokozuna in 2003. He has won 21 Emperor's Cups but his short temper and constant breaches of protocol have landed him in hot water.


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