• Kyodo News


Video footage of a sumo wrestler driving a car has been posted on YouTube, drawing the ire of the Japan Sumo Association.

Wrestlers are barred from driving due to past incidents, including an accidental death in 2000 caused by then makuuchi Toki.

Association Chairman Hanaregoma confirmed the wrestler belongs to the Mihogaseki stable and has given the stablemaster a strict reprimand.

“I’ve told him strictly never to let a wrestler drive again,” Hanaregoma said.

In the video, which appears to have been filmed during the ongoing Kyushu meet, several wrestlers are riding together in a vehicle.

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