Sumo plagued by violence, harassment in 2018

Sumo Dec 25, 2018

Sumo plagued by violence, harassment in 2018

The violence and scandals that have plagued Japan's sumo world came full circle just after the year's sixth and final tournament, leaving maiden victories by the sport's young up-and-comers in the shadows. Revelations of violence, harassment and antiquated traditions dogged the country's once-venerable sport in ...

Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa assaults attendant

Sumo Dec 5, 2018

Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa assaults attendant

The Japan Sumo Association said Wednesday that rank-and-file wrestler Takanoiwa, whose beating by former yokozuna Harumafuji caused a scandal last year, assaulted an attendant of his stable during the ongoing regional tour. Just two months after the sport's governing body issued a "declaration to eradicate ...

Takanoiwa drops lawsuit against ex-yokozuna Harumafuji over assault

Sumo Oct 30, 2018

Takanoiwa drops lawsuit against ex-yokozuna Harumafuji over assault

Wrestler Takanoiwa on Tuesday dropped a damages suit filed against former yokozuna Harumafuji for an assault last year, saying his family in Mongolia has been subject to abuse over the legal action. In the civil suit filed earlier this month, Takanoiwa sought ¥24 million ($213,000) ...

Former yokozuna Harumafuji sued over 2017 assault

National / Crime & Legal Oct 4, 2018

Former yokozuna Harumafuji sued over 2017 assault

Sumo wrestler Takanoiwa filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking ¥24 million ($210,000) in damages from Harumafuji, claiming the former yokozuna's assault last year forced him to miss matches due to injuries and caused him financial loss. Harumafuji faced a summary indictment in December for assaulting the ...

Takanohana steps down from JSA

Sumo Sep 25, 2018

Takanohana steps down from JSA

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

The Japan Sumo Association attempted to force stablemaster Takanohana to admit that the accusations he filed to the Cabinet Office in March were false. Instead, the former yokozuna who won 22 Emperor's Cups in his illustrious career opted to retire from professional sumo. Takanohana submitted his ...

Takanoiwa takes first steps toward return

Sumo Mar 1, 2018

Takanoiwa takes first steps toward return

Takanoiwa, the wrestler who was injured in a beating by former yokozuna Harumafuji last fall, took part in training Thursday and appeared ready to let fate determine his participation in the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. In his first public appearance since the scandal that ...

Takanoiwa withdraws from New Year Basho

Sumo Jan 12, 2018

Takanoiwa withdraws from New Year Basho

Takanoiwa, who sustained head injuries as the victim of an assault case in late October, has withdrawn from the upcoming New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, the Japan Sumo Association said Friday. The meet begins on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan. In a meeting to discuss the bouts ...