Drug tests reveal two more Russian sumo wrestlers used marijuana

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    The Japan Sumo Association carried out drug tests on its wrestlers following the recent incident in which Russian wrestler Wakanoho was arrested for possession of marijuana. The result showed that two other Russian wrestlers had also used the drug:

    Marijuana was detected in urine samples from Russian brothers Roho and Hakurozan on Tuesday, further escalating a scandal in the Japanese sport after Wakanoho, another Russian grappler, was arrested for allegedly possessing the illegal drug, the Japan Sumo Association said.

    Marijuana was detected in samples from Roho, a 28-year-old grappler in the top-tier makuuchi division, and his 26-year-old brother Hakurozan, a wrestler in the second-tier juryo division, after the association conducted on-the-spot urine checks on 69 wrestlers at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan earlier in the day.

    “This is truly regrettable,” said Isenoumi, who heads a committee that was formed after a 17-year-old wrestler died in a hazing incident last year. “We will deal with this once the final results are known.”

    Both wrestlers have denied using any drugs, and have requested further testing.

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