Egyptian sumo wrestler retires after driving without license

In this file photo, Egyptian sumo wrestler Osunaarashi (second from left), trains with his stablemates in Inazawa, near Nagoya, central Japan. (AP)

Egyptian sumo wrestler Osunaarashi says he will retire to take responsibility for being involved in a car accident while driving without a license.

The 26-year-old Osunaarashi, whose real name is Abdelrahman Shalan, agreed to a request by the Japan Sumo Association to retire following the January accident.

Osunaarashi was the first professional sumo wrestler from Africa. He had already been fined $4,700 by a court over the incident.

The JSA banned sumo wrestlers from driving following past traffic accidents involving wrestlers.

Media reports said Osunaarashi hit another vehicle on January 3. He initially told the association that his wife was driving but later admitted to police he was behind the wheel. Security camera footage also confirmed he was the driver.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56