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Japan Sumo Association Chairman Musashigawa will step down over the scandal involving illegal betting on professional baseball and sumo’s alleged ties with the yakuza, sources said Wednesday.

The exit of Musashigawa, who had claimed to be sick and was hospitalized shortly after being sidelined and seeing a former prosecutor effectively take over his post, was announced at an extraordinary board meeting the same day. Musashigawa had reportedly planned return to his duties Thursday but later said he would resign.

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