JSA wants to keep Asa in Japan

Kyodo News

Japan Sumo Association Chairman Kitanoumi is not ready to allow yokozuna Asashoryu to return to Mongolia despite suggestions by his association’s chief doctor that the grand champion receive treatment in his native country. “I haven’t said I’ll accept (the doctor’s advice),” Kitanoumi said after a meeting Tuesday with JSA chief doctor Hiroyuki Yoshida and Asashoryu’s stable elder, Takasago, on how to treat the 26-year-old grand champion’s mental state.