Sumo Wrestler Accused of Breaking Fellow Wrestler's Skull With Beer Bottle

Sumo Wrestler Accused of Breaking Fellow Wrestler's Skull With Beer Bottle

The 33-year-old yokozuna then submitted a notification that he will drop out of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, a 15-day competition that started in the city of Fukuoka on Sunday.

Mongolian sumo grand champion Harumafuji on Tuesday apologized for injuring a fellow wrestler who media said suffered a fractured skull after being hit with a beer bottle in the latest scandal to engulf the closed, hierarchical sumo society.

But Hakuho was bothered by what he said was inaccurate reporting, disputing coverage saying Harumafuji attacked Takanoiwa with a beer bottle and continued to rain blows down on the bleeding wrestler.

Sumo's origins lie in Shinto rites performed in temples, and Japanese fans expect wrestlers competing in the ancient sport to live up to strict standards of good behaviour.

"Regarding Takanoiwa's injury, I sincerely apologize for causing trouble to his stablemaster, his stable, the Japan Sumo Association and my stablemaster", Harumafuji said.

Harumafuji, left, fights Takanoiwa in the ring in September 2016.

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In 2010, former stable master Tokitsukaze was sentenced to fives years in prison for instructing seniors to beat up a novice 17-year-old wrestler.

Violence aside, in recent years sumo has been rocked by match-fixing and illegal betting.

Though other unnamed sources who were at the party said otherwise, Hakuho insisted Harumafuji was holding a beer bottle but it slipped out of his hands.

It happened at a party of sumo wrestlers from Mongolia. It was not immediately clear if Harumafuji would be charged.

In 2010, Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu retired from the sport after reports of a drunken fight in Tokyo.

That's admittedly a lot to parse-yokozuna is the highest rank in sumo, with just 22 men having achieved it in the last 50 years, which should suggest the magnitude of the scandal-but a more thorough article at Japanese outlet Sponichi provides further information.

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