Sumo Champion Becomes A Business Man

September 30, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. switch (v.) [swich] – to exchange or replace something with another
Example: He switched cellphones after his old one stopped working.

2. brawl (n.) [brawl] – a noisy, often physically violent fight
Example: The police arrested the two men who were having a brawl.
3. tap into (v. phrase) [tap in-too] – to gain access to something
Example: Someday, computers may be able to tap into people’s minds.

4. vast (adj.) [vast, vahst]  – huge or enormous
Example: The orphan inherited vast sums of money from his deceased parents.

5. rule out (v. phrase) [rool out] – to eliminate, exclude, or not consider
Example: Consistent practice rules out the possibility of future errors.

Read the text below.

A former sumo wrestler has switched his career to business as big economic opportunities open up in his native country.

Thirty-year-old Dolgorsuren Dagvadorj, known as Asashoryu during his sumo wrestling days, has pursued a second career as a businessman in his native country Mongolia. After dominating the sumo wrestling scene for 15 years, Dagvadorj retired in 2010 after being involved in a brawl in a Tokyo nightclub. Despite bad publicity in Japan, he remains very popular in Mongolia where people call him "The Champ".

Dagvadorj might have lost weight since he left his previous profession, but he still possesses a big appetite for success. Aiming to make it big in the business world, he is thankful that his country has given him an opportunity to do so.

Mongolia began its modernization twenty years ago when it underwent political and economic reform. The country has since tapped into its vast mineral resources which currently drive its economic growth. With this wealth, businessmen like Dagvadorj get the opportunity to make their mark in modern Mongolia.

As a businessman, Dagvadorj is uncertain if he would be as famous worldwide as he was when he wrestled, but he intends to strive to make the most out of Mongolia's bright future.  Initially, he decided to start with his own investment bank to finance his business plans. Now, he owns a circus in the capital Ulaanbaatar and is working on building a huge residential and entertainment complex.

With his charisma, some think he could someday run for president. Dagvadorj finds the idea laughable at the moment, but he does not rule out the possibility.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

·         What are the reasons for an athlete’s retirement?
·         What happens to an athlete after retiring from their sport?

Discussion B

·         How do you define a successful business?
·         What are the characteristics of a successful business person?

September 30, 2011