04 Mar '11, 3am

Sumo scandal huge problem

Sumo scandal huge problem

TOKYO: The traditional Japanese sport of sumo faces an uncertain future, with more wrestlers implicated in a match-fixing scandal. Fourteen wrestlers were implicated last month (February), but the sport's governing body failed to make headway in its investigations. This week, a former wrestler alleged that up to 40 of his ex-colleagues were involved in rigging bouts. The Grand Sumo Tournament slated to be held in March in Osaka has been cancelled because of the scandal, and no local tours are being held. The next tournament in Tokyo, scheduled for May, could also be cancelled. It all depends on whether the Japan Sumo Association is able to finish its investigation into match fixing. Children's sumo referee Norio Wakabayashi said: "I'm really looking forward to it. I want it to resume as soon as possible. I always attend the tournaments in Tokyo". The scandal put the spotli...

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