The sumo wrestling world (was) rocked last night when two Russian practitioners tested positive for some reefer (the official WADA name for weed). (IHT)
Roho and Hakurozan, who are brothers, tested positive after urine tests carried out on a total of 69 wrestlers. Shohei Onishi, an official on the Japan Sumo Association's anti-doping panel, announced the results Tuesday.
Damn Russians. First they invade Georgia then start doping in Japanese Sumo wrestling.
The tests were carried out after Russian wrestler Wakanoho was banned for life by the association and arrested by police for marijuana possession. Wakanoho's dismissal — the first expulsion of an active wrestler — was quickly announced after an emergency meeting of the JSA executive board.
The association did not immediately announce whether Roho and Hakurozan would be punished. The two were also being questioned by Tokyo police, according to a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was under investigation.
Japanese broadcaster NHK said Hakurozan had denied using marijuana.
Russians denied they messed with Georgia too.
Sumo wrestlers are held to a high standard of behavior, which has lead to some sticky situations lately:
Sumo culture is conservative and its wrestlers are generally held to a high moral standard.
Last year, grand champion Asashoryu was given a two-tournament suspension after claiming an injury and missing summer tour events, only to be shown later on television playing football in his native Mongolia.
In 2000, Japanese wrestler Toki hit and killed a pedestrian while driving in Osaka. He was suspended for only one tournament.
Roho and Hakurozan may be in more hot water after their high times:
Under Japan's Cannabis Control Law, possession of marijuana is punishable by up to five years in prison. Foreigners convicted of drug crimes can also be deported and given a lifetime re-entry ban.