To respond or not to respond –
that is the question.
by Eric Blair
|offering baseless accusations by way of the Shukan Gendai or any other magazine or forum – in Japan or overseas.
Hard evidence of illegality in any sport will and should be treated with a furrowed brow and further investigation – deservedly so - fiction writing deserves neither.
As any individual belonging to a recognized organization should, as Asashoryu has, he has opted to leave the admin. side of things to his seniors – his elders and betters in the Nihon Sumo Kyokai. Any action they take against the perpetrators of this still unproven gossip and rumor mongering is theirs and theirs alone to decide upon.
Should the yokozuna be called to testify in any resulting court cases time will again tell as to how he responds; the answers he gives, but in the meantime his best course of action is the one he has embarked on – silence in the face of an opponent with little bar an overactive imagination and his fingertips to get him the attention he obviously craves; an opponent for whom the darkness that follows the 15 seconds of spotlight will seem like an eternity.
Ed. Note: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of Mr. Blair and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sumo Fan Magazine or other staff.
as one of the biggest names in sumo you were sat at home one day after
work. You’d just put in a long and tiring week and you sat down, took a
sip of tea or coffee and opened the evening paper to see headlines
screaming out at you about the immoral, illegal and twisted way in
which you had accomplished your job; the success you’d achieved in
recent months was put down to bribery and backhanders – meetings behind
the bike sheds, in the shadows – perhaps somewhere along the line dango
were served as they might say here in Japan.
How would you feel?
Knowing, in your heart of hearts, that you had not, in any way, shape or form succumbed to the accusations laid squarely at your feet, just how would you feel?
Most people would be upset. Anger and a flushed face wouldn’t be an unusual reaction.
Next question then – what do you do about it? How do you handle these claims leveled against you? Do you ignore them or challenge them?
Supposing you ignore them, you give doubters something to cling to – the silence being your
embarrassment at having been caught. On the other hand, supposing you
challenge your doubters – on what basis and to what extent do you need
to do so? By answering each and every individual throwing questions at
you? Is it now necessary to prove innocence rather than expect guilt
shown to be the case?
Sadly, in a world of petty jealousies and envy, the men and women amongst us dedicated to acting with honor, with upholding and respecting traditions of old and society at large; those identified as relatively successful to whatever degree may as well paint targets on their chest and back for they will one day be hit with charges of foul play.
Just eight weeks into 2007 and we’ve already had allegations of yaocho aimed at sumo’s lone yokozuna – Asashoryu.
Still unproven at time of typing and in EB’s opinion, indeed in the opinion of almost every man, woman and child on the respected Sumo Forum and Mailing List, the Mongolian atop sumo’s 700 man pile will remain free of the stink produced by anonymous Messrs. A. B. C. and whoever else, named or not,