Discussion in 'Japanese Martial Arts - General' started by Unkotare, Jun 23, 2010.
This is a big one
Think of what would happen if it turns out that sumotori are involved in gambling on their own fights, throwing them, or complete tournaments. Like making a guy who would come out 4th, 5th in a tournament the winner, by fixing his fights with the 5, 6 guys who would or could beat him.
Those accusations have been around for years. It's called Yaosho, but that's not what this is about. This is about gambling on baseball and cards and such. The scandal could reach epic proportions if it turns out that there is anything to rumors that some pro baseball games have been thrown.
This may be the biggest scadal to hit pro sumo ever. The next tournament may be cancelled, as sponsors are starting to pull out, and Kotomitsuki Ozeki may even be looking at jail time.
A big sign has been erected at the gate of the Sumo stadium in Tokyo saying, "NO MAFIA"
yeah read this on my site this morning:
Japanese Sumo Scandals Continue When it rains, it pours. And the trouble just keeps on piling up in the world of sumo wrestling.
First, a scandal broke as some coaches were selling special ringside seats to the yazuka (mafia). Shortly after a second scandal hit as 34-year old ozeki Kotomitsuki admitted that he had a problem gambling on baseball games and got into trouble with the yakuza.
And then, a Hairdresser going by the single name of Tokoike is suspected of having acted as a go-between between wrestlers and bookmakers. 65 sumo association members and wrestlers have admitted to illegal gambling, Japanese media have reported.
The latest trouble comes now as police have obtained an arrest warrant for 38-year-old Mitsutomo Furuichi for allegedly trying to blackmail Kotomitsuki in connection with the illegal gambling on professional baseball games. Kotomitsuki had claimed he had paid 3.5 million yen (US$38,000) in 'hush money' to Furuichi, who had demanded over 100 million yen.
And as if things weren't bad enough, sumo has lost their biggest sponsor as Nagatanien Co. decided to cancel its 12 million yen ($130,000) in sponsorship for the Nagoya tournament, scheduled to begin July 11.
A decision is to be made on July 4 on whether to go ahead with the Nagoya basho amidst talk of broadcaster NHK canceling their live coverage. The last time the Japan Sumo Association canceled a tournament was in 1946, when repairs at a hall were delayed.
Yeah, they showed Furuichi, who used to be a pro sumo wrestler himself, getting arrested yesterday. Looked like a real dirt bag.
Mafia is not nice to deal with, individually, you have not much choice unless you like to gamble about your life.
Well, Kotomitsuki has officially taken the fall. No rikishi of Ozeki rank or higher has ever been dismissed before this. His stable master is out as well and a number of others have been sanctioned to varying degrees, but it seems the Nagoya basho will go on as scheduled. Hurrah!
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