Former Ozeki and Noted Stablemaster Asashio Passes Away at 67

Sumo Legend Asashio Dies at 67

Tokyo (Jiji Press) — Former ozeki Asashio, who later became the head of the Takasago stable and mentored the legendary yokozuna Asashoryu, has passed away at the age of 67, according to sources from the Japan Sumo Association on Friday.

Born Suehiro Nagaoka, Asashio achieved the prestigious rank of ozeki, the second-highest in sumo, after the March 1983 tournament. He secured his only makuuchi division title in the same tournament two years later, marking a significant milestone in his career.

Hailing from Muroto, Kochi Prefecture, Asashio attended Kindai University where he made history as the first wrestler to claim both the national university and all-Japan amateur titles for two consecutive years.

Asashio’s legacy in the world of sumo extends far beyond his own achievements in the ring. After retiring from competition, he took over as the head of the Takasago stable, where he played a pivotal role in shaping the career of the renowned Asashoryu, who later became a yokozuna, or grand champion, in the sport.

Under Asashio’s tutelage, Asashoryu went on to become one of the most successful yokozuna in sumo history, accumulating numerous tournament victories and breaking various records during his time at the top of the sport.

The passing of Asashio has led to an outpouring of grief and tributes from the sumo community, with many expressing their gratitude for his contributions to the sport and their condolences to his family and loved ones.

As news of Asashio’s death spread, fans and fellow sumo wrestlers alike have been reflecting on his lasting impact and influence on the sport, with many recalling his impressive career as both a competitor and mentor.

The Japan Sumo Association, along with Asashio’s colleagues and peers, are expected to honor and commemorate his life and contributions to sumo in the coming days, as the sport mourns the loss of a true legend.

Asashio’s imprint on sumo is indelible, and his legacy will continue to inspire and influence the next generation of wrestlers as they strive to follow in his footsteps and leave their own mark on the storied tradition of sumo.

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