Big, fat scandal leads to sumo cancellation
The honourable world of Japanese sumo has been hit by a scandal even bigger than the wrestlers themselves. The BBC reported that next month’s grand tournament has been cancelled over allegations of match fixing – the first such cancellation since 1946, when Tokyo’s main stadium was being renovated. Police are investigating 13 leading sumo wrestlers in the latest scandal to hit the sport. Last year, the discovery of illegal gambling ring led to live TV coverage of the sport being dropped by the national broadcaster. One wrestler is alleged to have sent an SMS detailing how he would deliberately throw a match in exchange for hundreds of thousands of yen.