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Sumo's bad boy retires

<p>Sumo grand champion Asashoryu Akinori departs for Mongolia from Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo August 29, 2007. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Sumo grand champion Asashoryu Akinori departs for Mongolia from Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo August 29, 2007. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Sumo grand champion Asashoryu Akinori departs for Mongolia from Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo August 29, 2007. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Sumo grand champion, or Yokozuna, Asashoryu (R) of Mongolia, throws Kotoshogiku in a sumo ring during a joint practice for the Yokozuna Deliberation Council in Tokyo April 29, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Sumo grand champion, or Yokozuna, Asashoryu (R) of Mongolia, throws Kotoshogiku in a sumo ring during a joint practice for the Yokozuna Deliberation Council in Tokyo April 29, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Sumo grand champion, or Yokozuna, Asashoryu (R) of Mongolia, throws Kotoshogiku in a sumo ring during a joint practice for the Yokozuna Deliberation Council in Tokyo April 29, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu, wearing a ceremonial belly band, performs a ring-entering ritual at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2010.  REUTERS/Issei Kato </p>

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu, wearing a ceremonial belly band, performs a ring-entering ritual at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu, wearing a ceremonial belly band, performs a ring-entering ritual at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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<p>Mongolian-born sumo grand champion Asashoryu (L), flanked by his stable master Takasago, wipes his face during a news conference in Tokyo February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

Mongolian-born sumo grand champion Asashoryu (L), flanked by his stable master Takasago, wipes his face during a news conference in Tokyo February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo

Mongolian-born sumo grand champion Asashoryu (L), flanked by his stable master Takasago, wipes his face during a news conference in Tokyo February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Sumo grand champion "Yokozuna" Asashoryu of Mongolia (C), surrounded by his family and supporters, holds the Emperor's Cup after winning the 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

Sumo grand champion "Yokozuna" Asashoryu of Mongolia (C), surrounded by his family and supporters, holds the Emperor's Cup after winning the 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kyodo

Sumo grand champion "Yokozuna" Asashoryu of Mongolia (C), surrounded by his family and supporters, holds the Emperor's Cup after winning the 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Mongolian sumo yokozuna (grand champion) Hakuho (R) throws down his compatriot yokozuna Asashoryu on the last day of the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, central Japan July 26, 2009.  REUTERS/Kyodo</p>

Mongolian sumo yokozuna (grand champion) Hakuho (R) throws down his compatriot yokozuna Asashoryu on the last day of the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, central Japan July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Kyodo

Mongolian sumo yokozuna (grand champion) Hakuho (R) throws down his compatriot yokozuna Asashoryu on the last day of the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, central Japan July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu (L) reacts after throwing his yokozuna rival Hakuho to win his first title of the year on the final day of the Spring Grand Tournament in Osaka, western Japan March 23, 2008. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu (L) reacts after throwing his yokozuna rival Hakuho to win his first title of the year on the final day of the Spring Grand Tournament in Osaka, western Japan March 23, 2008. REUTERS/Kyodo

Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu (L) reacts after throwing his yokozuna rival Hakuho to win his first title of the year on the final day of the Spring Grand Tournament in Osaka, western Japan March 23, 2008. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu attends a traditional ceremony to dispel demons at Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita, near Tokyo February 3, 2008. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu attends a traditional ceremony to dispel demons at Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita, near Tokyo February 3, 2008. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu attends a traditional ceremony to dispel demons at Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita, near Tokyo February 3, 2008. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Sumo wrestler Asashoryu of Mongolia stands by the Chairman's Cup trophy for the third day championship during the final day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 9, 2005.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

Sumo wrestler Asashoryu of Mongolia stands by the Chairman's Cup trophy for the third day championship during the final day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 9, 2005. REUTERS/Steve...more

Sumo wrestler Asashoryu of Mongolia stands by the Chairman's Cup trophy for the third day championship during the final day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 9, 2005. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu (C) looks at grand champion Asashoryu of Mongolia (L) after handing the yokozuna his first defeat on the 13th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan November 25, 2005. REUTERS-YOMIURI/Satoko Eguchi</p>

Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu (C) looks at grand champion Asashoryu of Mongolia (L) after handing the yokozuna his first defeat on the 13th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan November 25, 2005. REUTERS-YOMIURI/Satoko...more

Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu (C) looks at grand champion Asashoryu of Mongolia (L) after handing the yokozuna his first defeat on the 13th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan November 25, 2005. REUTERS-YOMIURI/Satoko Eguchi

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<p>Sumo grand champion Asashoryu (R) and other wresters stand before Yasukuni Shrine for worshipping prior to the start of an annual sumo tournament in dedication to the shrine in Tokyo April 7, 2006.  REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa</p>

Sumo grand champion Asashoryu (R) and other wresters stand before Yasukuni Shrine for worshipping prior to the start of an annual sumo tournament in dedication to the shrine in Tokyo April 7, 2006. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

Sumo grand champion Asashoryu (R) and other wresters stand before Yasukuni Shrine for worshipping prior to the start of an annual sumo tournament in dedication to the shrine in Tokyo April 7, 2006. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

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<p>A boy pushes sumo wrestler Takamisakari during a sumo practice with Nagoya international school children at the grand sumo tournament held at the 2005 Aichi world exposition in Nagoya April 4, 2005. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa </p>

A boy pushes sumo wrestler Takamisakari during a sumo practice with Nagoya international school children at the grand sumo tournament held at the 2005 Aichi world exposition in Nagoya April 4, 2005. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

A boy pushes sumo wrestler Takamisakari during a sumo practice with Nagoya international school children at the grand sumo tournament held at the 2005 Aichi world exposition in Nagoya April 4, 2005. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

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<p>Yokozuna sumo wrestler Asashoryu of Mongolia throws ceremonial salt before his bout against Tochiazuma in the final round during the first day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 7, 2005.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus </p>

Yokozuna sumo wrestler Asashoryu of Mongolia throws ceremonial salt before his bout against Tochiazuma in the final round during the first day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 7,...more

Yokozuna sumo wrestler Asashoryu of Mongolia throws ceremonial salt before his bout against Tochiazuma in the final round during the first day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 7, 2005. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>Sumo grand champion, or Yokozuna, Asashoryu of Mongolia, stretches during a joint practice for the Yokozuna Deliberation Council in Tokyo May 5, 2007. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Sumo grand champion, or Yokozuna, Asashoryu of Mongolia, stretches during a joint practice for the Yokozuna Deliberation Council in Tokyo May 5, 2007. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Sumo grand champion, or Yokozuna, Asashoryu of Mongolia, stretches during a joint practice for the Yokozuna Deliberation Council in Tokyo May 5, 2007. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Yokozuna Asashoryu (L) and Yokozuna Hakuho prepare to wrestle in the Hawaii Grand Sumo Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 10, 2007. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry </p>

Yokozuna Asashoryu (L) and Yokozuna Hakuho prepare to wrestle in the Hawaii Grand Sumo Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 10, 2007. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

Yokozuna Asashoryu (L) and Yokozuna Hakuho prepare to wrestle in the Hawaii Grand Sumo Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 10, 2007. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

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<p>Kasugao (L) of South Korea is thrown out of the ring by Takamisakari of Japan in the second round of the second day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 8, 2005. REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

Kasugao (L) of South Korea is thrown out of the ring by Takamisakari of Japan in the second round of the second day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 8, 2005. REUTERS/Steve Marcus more

Kasugao (L) of South Korea is thrown out of the ring by Takamisakari of Japan in the second round of the second day of the Grand Sumo Las Vegas tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 8, 2005. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu leaves after performing the New Year's ring-entering rite at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu leaves after performing the New Year's ring-entering rite at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu leaves after performing the New Year's ring-entering rite at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Mongolian sumo wrestler Asashoryu (R) holds a giant traditional Japanese cup containing sake as he is accompanied by his wife Gombotseren Tamir in a toast during a victory celebration in Tokyo January 26, 2003.  REUTERS/Issei Kato </p>

Mongolian sumo wrestler Asashoryu (R) holds a giant traditional Japanese cup containing sake as he is accompanied by his wife Gombotseren Tamir in a toast during a victory celebration in Tokyo January 26, 2003. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Mongolian sumo wrestler Asashoryu (R) holds a giant traditional Japanese cup containing sake as he is accompanied by his wife Gombotseren Tamir in a toast during a victory celebration in Tokyo January 26, 2003. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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