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Criticism builds over 'lenient' punishment
People from inside and outside the Japan Sumo Association have cast doubt on its decision not to formally expel Wakakirin, a 25-year-old wrestler who has been arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana.
The JSA instead chose to dismiss the sumo wrestler, whose highest rank was No. 9 maegashira. Dismissal is the heaviest punishment the association's board of directors can impose on a wrestler without a wider vote, and it effectively bans Wakakirin from the sport for life.
However, in the case of dismissal, the JSA has to make retirement payments to sumo wrestlers who apply for the money. …