After pulling out of the autumn tournament in Tokyo due to injury, Yokozuna Asashoryu returned to Mongolia on Tuesday to recover.
The 28-year-old sumo champion has announced that he is devoting his efforts to recuperating, and will not be appearing in an autumn tour, and possibly November’s tournament in Kyushu.
Asashoryu asked the Japan Sumo Association for a four-week break after doctors diagnosed him with a ligament injury on the inside of his left elbow.
“If I try and force this, I won’t be able to succeed,” he explained. “I want to be in absolutely perfect shape.”
Source: Mainichi Daily News