Asashoryu to answer allegations of fixing

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 January, 2007, 12:00am

Mongolian-born grand champion Asashoryu has been summoned to appear before a panel of the Japan Sumo Association to explain media reports claiming he has been arranging for bouts to be thrown.

Asashoryu won his 20th career title at the New Year Grand Tournament this month in typically resounding fashion, losing only one of his bouts.

The sumo association has already questioned wrestlers of the rank of sekiwake, or third division, and none have admitted to surrendering bouts.

The five men who make up the second-highest level in the sport, ozeki, are to appear on Monday to give their testimony, while Asashoryu is due to appear on Tuesday.