Whilst I have to admit that the Yokozuna Asashoryu has been a bit of a bad boy from time to time, he has always learned from his mistakes and corrected his behaviour accordingly. Plus at 23 years old he is still very young. And not coming from a sumo family (or in fact Japan), surely a few lapses should be expected, and more importantly forgiven.
But whatever his faults, he is more than worthy of his status as Grand Champion. Ability wise none of the current crop of wrestlers can get anywhere near him. His achievement of winning the last 2 tournaments without a single loss (only ever done once before) attests to this.
Yet regardless of his talent or behaviour, it’s a big leap from receiving prizes with the wrong hand to the introduction of women sumo wrestlers in high heels.
Or is it?