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China Daily | Updated:2017-11-29 08:33TOKYO – The Yokozuna Deliberation Council has asked the Japan Sumo Association to hand out an “extremely harsh punishment” to “yokozuna” (grand champion) Harumafuji for an alleged assault on a junior wrestler, Kyodo News agency reported on Monday.The chairman of the advisory body, which makes recommendations to the JSA over the promotion of grand champions in sumos elite division also criticized fellow yokozuna Hakuho, who publicly called for Harumafuji to return to the ring.Harumafuji apologized this month after media reported that he had pounded junior wrestler Takanoiwa with his bare fists and with a beer bottle while drinking at a restaurant-bar with other wrestlers last month.Takanoiwa did not take part in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament due to a fracture, concussion and other injuries, according to the JSA. Harumafuji withdrew early in the competition after reports of the assault emerged.”Tremendous damage has been caused (to sumo). It let fans down,” Masato Kitamura, chairman of the Yokozuna Deliberation Council, was quoted as saying by Kyodo on Monday.Police are investigating the incident after former grand champion Takanohana, who is Takanoiwas coach and stable master, filed a complaint.Hakuho, who won his 40th career title at the tournament, told fans on Sunday that he wanted both his fellow Mongolians Harumafuji and Takanoiwa to return to the sport. He urged fans to shout “Banzai!” together in support of both wrestlers, Kyodo said.”How could he ask the spectators to say Banzai at a time when the issue of Harumafuji is shaking (the sumo world)?” Kitamura said.Disciplinary optionsThe JSA has several disciplinary options with regard to Harumafuji, including dismissal, recommending the yokozuna retire or suspending him from tournaments.The origins of sumo, in which giant wrestlers clad in loincloths seek to topple or push their opponents out of the ring, stretch back centuries and its traditions have links to Japans Shinto religion. The sport has struggled with violence before.A former stable master was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 after a court found he had ordered wrestlers three years earlier to beat a 17-year-old trainee who had tried to run away from the gym. The trainee died from his injuries.The fiery Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu quit the sport the same year after a probe into reports of a drunken scuffle in Tokyo.ReutersPhotoTourists feel the heat over Bali volcanoEgypt marks 115th anniversary of national museum in CairoUS Fed chair nominee says case for rate hike in Dec coming togetherKenyas Kenyatta swears in for second term, pledges to prioritize unity13,000 migrants repatriated voluntarily from Libya in 2017: officialImages: British royal engagementsMost Viewed in 24 HoursExclusiveAfricans in China portray their own stories in filmFamily of Chinese man killed in US relives memoriesChinese elements in western mainstream mediaWeekly PhotoThe world in photos: Nov 20-26NewsmakerImages: British royal engagementsBRICS are urged to turn Sept summit into actionsSpecialPresident Xi attends APEC meetingUS President Donald Trump visits ChinaReporters JournalGentrification, segregation cause for concern in growing DCTimes Square stunt drives home a bittersweet realityChina-JapanLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationChina-USGates is added to top-tier Chinese academyChina-EuropeChina, Latvia pledge to advance cooperationChina-AfricaChinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark concludes humanitarian mission in TanzaniaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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