View Full Version : Sumo confuses sport with 'pro-rasslin'

7/18/2006 11:52pm,
Guy confuses sumo with American TV wrestling

By Alastair Himmer Mon Jul 17, 9:02 AM ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russian sumo wrestler Roho became the latest foreign import to land himself in trouble after smashing a window and hitting two photographers in a fit of pique.

The wrestler was given an unprecedented three-day ban from Japan's ancient sport Sunday for throwing a tantrum after a defeat the previous day.

Sunday's newspapers carried pictures of Roho in various stages of combustion after he lost his temper in Nagoya on Saturday.

Roho, nicknamed the "Russian bear," chased opponent Chiyotaikai into a bathroom after an explosive bout where both men broke several of sumo's strict rules of engagement.

After exchanging angry words with Chiyotaikai following his loss, Roho punched through a window of a bathroom door, showering his conqueror with broken glass.

Roho, whose real name is Boradzov Soslan Feliksovich, then slapped two photographers just moments after being reprimanded by sumo officials.

One of the photographers was taken to hospital suffering bruises to his face.


Roho's outburst was condemned by Japan Sumo Association officials and earned him the indignity of becoming the first wrestler to be banned for violent conduct outside the ring.

"I shouldn't have lost control of my emotions like that," a contrite Roho said. "It was a bad thing I did. I'm very sorry for what I did."

Saturday's incident was reminiscent of the infamous 'battle of the bathtub' involving firebrand Mongolian Asashoryu in 2003.

Grand champion Asashoryu squared off with another towel-clad Mongolian as tempers flared during a post-bout soak at the Nagoya tournament three years ago.

Asashoryu, who became the first Mongolian to reach sumo's elite rank of "yokozuna" in January 2003, has broken several sumo taboos during his meteoric rise to the top.

He has been disqualified for pulling an opponent's hair, criticized for complaining to judges after losing a decision and accused of breaking the mirror of a rival's car.

Professional sumo has some 60 foreign-born wrestlers plying their trade in Japan, ranging from South Koreans to Brazilians with many more from Eastern Europe.

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Sumo will make a comeback in MMA!

7/18/2006 11:54pm,

Russian wrestler Roho with his injured hand swaddled is helped to wear a bathrobe after smashing a glass window on his way back to the dressing room at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, central Japan, at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament Saturday, July 15, 2006. Roho lost his temper following a defeat to champion Chiyotaikai, smashing the window and proceeding to slap two photographers who were waiting on him after receiving a reprimand from the Japan Sumo Association judging committee. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

7/19/2006 8:46am,
WWF is not an excuse for roid rage.:eusa_snoo

7/24/2006 8:06am,
I don't like the looks of these new sumos. I think they should all look like they are about to explode from fatness.