Sumō Champion Harumafuji Assaults Junior Wrestler (News)


Dazaifu, Fukuoka Pref., Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)—Yokozuna sumō grand champion Harumafuji has assaulted a junior wrestler, it was learned Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at a sumō wrestlers' residence in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Harumafuji expressed his apology over the incident.

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

Harumafuji, who belongs to the Isegahama stable, assaulted Takanoiwa, 27, also a professional sumō wrestler competing in the makuuchi top division, after getting into an argument while drinking in late October, according to informed sources.

Takanoiwa, who belongs to the Takanohana stable and has been absent from the tournament from the first day, submitted to the Japan Sumō Association a doctor's report confirming his injuries, including skull base fracture, that take two weeks to heal completely.

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