|SUMO'S TAKANOHANA DEMOTED|
One of the sumo world's best-known figures has been disciplined for his role in a high-profile scandal. Stablemaster Takanohana has been criticized for how he handled the fallout over an assault by a former grand champion on a junior wrestler. Harumafuji attacked Takanoiwa during a late-night drinking session.
(Yasuko Ikenobo / Council chair, Japan Sumo Association)
"Takanohana failed to report the assault to the association and refused to cooperate with its internal investigation. He neglected his duties as a director of the association."
A special meeting of the Japan Sumo Association's decision-making body unanimously agreed to remove Takanohana from his post as director. It's the first time that a director of the association has been disciplined in this way. Council chairman, Yasuko Ikenobo, says Takanohana accepted his demotion.
He's the stablemaster of Takanoiwa, and served as a director of the Japan Sumo Association four straight terms.