Another scandal has been uncovered in the sumo world.
On December 22, the Japan Sumo Association announced that the two rikishi in question were suspected of being involved in illegal gambling. On December 22, the Japan Sumo Association (JSA) announced that the two rikishi in question would not participate in the first tournament, which starts on January 9, at the discretion of their master, Kise Oyakata (former makuuchi Higo no Umi).
Both wrestlers are graduates of Nihon University’s sumo club, and both are hard workers, finally becoming sumo wrestlers when they were around 30 years old. Eino Kai, in particular, must have been frustrated. His younger brother, Shozaru, was promoted to the second rank of maegashira and won the Fighting Spirit Award in the September tournament last year with an 11-4 record. I’ve always been behind him.
The people around him are scratching their heads and wondering, “Why is it that he’s finally moving up in the rankings? If it is true that he was involved in illegal gambling, he may have loosened up now that he is finally a sumo wrestler. The new coronavirus probably prevented him from going out unnecessarily, and he must have been under a lot of stress,” said a Sumo Association official.
Rooms closed due to gang-related scandals
According to the official, the two had been visiting an illegal casino in Saitama Prefecture.
The Sumo Association learned of the allegations from the police who were investigating the illegal casino. The two men will not be arrested because it is the people who opened the casino who will be arrested for gambling. I think they were interviewed by the police as part of their cooperation in the investigation.
However, the Sumo Association will have to take some kind of serious action. In May 2010, it was discovered that his master, Kise Oyakata, had given tickets to a designated gangster during a tournament. The stable was temporarily closed in the wake of the scandal. The stable was temporarily closed in response to the scandal, but reopened in April 2012 after submitting a written contract stating that it would never again cause any scandal.
The head of the Sumo Association’s public relations department, Shibatayama (former yokozuna Onokuni), told the press, “It is very regrettable and regrettable. The details of the allegations, however, were not clear.
We don’t know the details at all,” he said. We are making arrangements for an investigation, but there are various people’s circumstances. （I don’t know when the investigation will take place.
I don’t know when the investigation will start.
I’ve heard that there are other rikishi involved in illegal gambling besides Hidenoumi and Shirae. Mr. Shibatayama has also been mum about the involvement of other rikishi, saying, “I have no idea. The Japan Sumo Association can’t just go ahead and investigate while the police are in the middle of their investigation. The association must be frustrated at not knowing what is really going on,” said a sports journalist.
In the sumo world, many wrestlers were punished in May 2010 when the baseball gambling problem was discovered. Depending on how the investigation goes this time, there is a possibility that the trouble will grow even bigger.
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