Sumō Association Puts Off Action against Takanohana over Harumafuji Case (News)


Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)—The Japan Sumō Association at an extraordinary board meeting on Wednesday put off its decision on its possible action against Takanohana, stablemaster of Takanoiwa, over former yokozuna grand champion Harumafuji's assault on the junior wrestler.

Harumafuji's stablemaster, Isegahama, resigned from the board to take responsibility for the incident.

Some in the association have rapped Takanohana, chief of the professional sumō-governing body's local tours, for failing to fulfill his responsibility of reporting to the group the assault case, which happened while wrestlers were on a regional sumō tour in late October.

At an extraordinary meeting of the yokozuna promotion council, held earlier on Wednesday, most of its members criticized Takanohana, saying that he failed to meet his responsibility as a board member of the sumō association.

The board of the association has received a final report from its crisis management committee on the investigation of the assault case. But it refrained from making a decision on its action against Takanohana, because the committee has still been unable to interview the stablemaster.

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