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Former yokozuna Hakuho punished over protege's violence

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Funny thing is they always called Hakuho the "good Mongolian yokozuna" when Asashoryu was around.

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Being a sports legend doesn't guarantee that you are a great or even good coach.

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Shocking news. I have been eagerly looking forward to the Haru Basho...

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Of course, forced retirement at the age of 22 is one way to get rid of Hokuseiho, a massive Mongolian who could dominate the sumo world once his skills progress.

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Like a storyline from the Netflix Sumo drama "Sanctuary"!

Violence has been endemic in Sumo heya since probably forever. Good to see at least some effort is being made to stamp out thugs like this. Sumo can't afford another violence related death.

Being a sports legend doesn't guarantee that you are a great or even good coach.

I'd agree with that. Some of the greatest sports champions go on to be rubbish coaches. I'd hazard a guess Hakuho turned a blind eye to his countrymans bullying.

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Former yokozuna Asashoryu was one of the worst in this regard. He used to amuse himself by shooting at the buttocks of his subordinates with an air rifle.

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Asiaman7Today  06:35 pm JST

Of course, forced retirement at the age of 22 is one way to get rid of Hokuseiho, a massive Mongolian who could dominate the sumo world once his skills progress.

Have you actually ever watched him? Hokusei is/was a horrible Rikishi. All he does is stand there, zero sumo skills. Nobody needed to "get rid" of him. Saw him twice love. He has nothing going for him but 204cm height.

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Have you actually ever watched him? Hokusei is/was a horrible Rikishi. All he does is stand there, zero sumo skills.

Agree. But current Ozeki Kirishima (formerly Kiribayama) was similarly very inexperienced a few years ago. But he rapidly improved as he got more bouts under his belt.

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