Harumafuji To Be Referred To Prosecutors For Assault

Harumafuji to be referred to prosecutors for assault

Police are set to refer grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors by the end of the year on suspicion of assaulting lower-ranked sumo wrestler Takanoiwa in a drunken brawl, investigative sources said Tuesday.

Under questioning late last week, the 33-year-old Mongolian yokozuna has admitted to striking 27-year-old Takanoiwa with his palms, his fists and a karaoke machine remote control, according to the sources.

Grand Champ Harumafuji Questioned By Sumo Panel, Admits Assault

Grand champ Harumafuji questioned by sumo panel, admits assault

Grand champion Harumafuji admitted to assaulting lower-ranked competitor Takanoiwa during an alcohol-fueled brawl when questioned on the matter by a Japan Sumo Association crisis management panel Sunday, a senior association official said.

Kagamiyama, head of the JSA's crisis management department, said the case needs further examination as some details remain unclear, including whether, as reported, the 33-year-old Mongolian yokozuna struck Takanoiwa in the head with a beer bottle during the late-October incident.

Sumo Grand Champion Harumafuji Tells Police He Assaulted Wrestler

Sumo grand champion Harumafuji tells police he assaulted wrestler

Sumo grand champion Harumafuji has admitted to allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler as he responded voluntarily to police questioning Friday in Tokyo over a drunken brawl, investigative sources said.

However, the 33-year-old yokozuna denied allegations that he struck 27-year-old fellow Mongolian wrestler Takanoiwa in the head with a beer bottle at a restaurant-bar around the night of Oct. 25 in the western Japan city of Tottori during a regional tour, the sources said.

Sumo Star Harumafuji Questioned For Alleged Assault

Sumo star Harumafuji questioned for alleged assault

Police on Friday questioned sumo grand champion Harumafuji on a voluntary basis over an allegation he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler during a drunken brawl.

The government the same day expressed regret over the case engulfing the traditional Japanese sport, which was recently regaining its popularity after its reputation was tainted by scandals over match-fixing, violence and bullying.

Retirement Looms For Harumafuji After Assault As Sumo World Faces History Of Violence

Retirement looms for Harumafuji after assault as sumo world faces history of violence

Yokozuna Harumafuji may be forced to retire after revelations on Nov. 14 that he hit fellow Mongolian rikishi Takanoiwa in the head with a beer bottle during a drunken assault on Oct. 26.

"If a yokozuna really did commit violence, it will have a very serious impact on sumo's reputation," Yokozuna Deliberation Council head (and honorary adviser to The Mainichi Newspapers) Masato Kitamura said. "The Japan Sumo Association will likely be called on to impose a harsh punishment."

Shock Roils Sumo World In Wake Of Assault Allegation Against Yokozuna Harumafuji

Shock roils sumo world in wake of assault allegation against yokozuna Harumafuji

FUKUOKA -- The problem of violence in the sumo world has surfaced once more. Yokozuna Harumafuji is facing accusations that he assaulted fellow Mongolian wrestler Takanoiwa with a beer bottle at a banquet on Oct. 26.

Fans arriving at the Fukuoka Convention Center on the morning of Nov. 14 for the third day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament registered disappointment at the news, while the Japan Sumo Association was pressed for a response.

Sumo: Yokozuna Harumafuji Apologizes For Assaulting Wrestler

Sumo: Yokozuna Harumafuji apologizes for assaulting wrestler

Grand champion sumo wrestler Harumafuji was involved in drunken brawl late last month that left fellow Mongolian competitor Takanoiwa hospitalized with serious injuries, his stablemaster admitted to sumo administrators Tuesday.

Harumafuji's stablemaster Isegahama said that his wrestler was involved in the attack, the first public acknowledgment of the incident.

Sumo: Kisenosato Wins 1st Bout After Return, Harumafuji Continues To Fall

Sumo: Kisenosato wins 1st bout after return, Harumafuji continues to fall

Yokozuna Kisenosato displayed his confidence, beating Onosho at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, for his first win since he returned to the raised ring after missing all or part of the past three meets.

Kisenosato improved to 1-1 on the second day of the 15-day meet at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, while fellow grand champion Harumafuji suffered a second straight defeat, losing to No. 1 maegashira Takakeisho.

Sumo: Harumafuji Savors Sweet Taste Of Victory Sake After Big Win

Sumo: Harumafuji savors sweet taste of victory sake after big win

Yokozuna Harumafuji, who won his ninth career title at the just-ended Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, let his guard down to media after a hard-fought playoff bout against ozeki Goeido, allowing his dramatic come-from-behind victory to finally sink in.

"How delicious the sake tastes after you win," said Harumafuji in the traditional morning-after press conference on Monday.

Sumo: Onosho Upsets Harumafuji, Remains Perfect At Autumn Tourney

Sumo: Onosho upsets Harumafuji, remains perfect at Autumn tourney

Up-and-coming Onosho upset Harumafuji in his first match against a yokozuna on Thursday, becoming the only wrestler with a perfect 5-0 record at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

The 21-year-old No. 3 maegashira dodged the Mongolian grand champion's forceful shoves and got him off balance before slapping him down into a forward somersault on the raised dohyo ring on the fifth day of the 15-day tourney at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

Sumo: Harumafuji 2-0 At Autumn Tourney, Mixed Fates For 3 Ozeki

Sumo: Harumafuji 2-0 at Autumn tourney, mixed fates for 3 ozeki

Harumafuji, the lone yokozuna competing at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, won for the second day in a row Monday, but the fates of the three ozeki were mixed, Goeido being the only one able to claim victory.

Terunofuji, who along with Goeido is a "kadoban" ozeki threatened with demotion with a losing record, and Takayasu, looking for his first championship, both lost to lower-ranked grapplers on the second day of the 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

Sumo: Lone Yokozuna Harumafuji Starts Autumn Tourney With Victory

Sumo: Lone yokozuna Harumafuji starts Autumn tourney with victory

Harumafuji got off to a winning start as the only yokozuna standing at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a convincing win against komusubi Tochiozan on Sunday.

With grand champions Hakuho -- the winner of the Summer tourney in July -- Kisenosato and Kakuryu all missing from this basho due to injuries, Harumafuji has been singlehandedly left to uphold the reputation of sumo's highest rank.

Harumafuji Dealt 2nd Loss In Nagoya

Harumafuji dealt 2nd loss in Nagoya

The Japan News The carnage wasn't as bad as on the opening day, but the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament once again saw a number of high-ranked wrestlers bite the dust.

Yokozuna Harumafuji and two of the three ozeki were dealt their second defeats, while yokozona Hakuho continued his march toward the all-time wins record on Monday, the second day of action at Aichi Prefectural Gym.