Friday, 28th January 2011
Former sumo wrestlers arrested for illegal gambling
Three ex-sumo fighters have been arrested following investigations into illegal gambling.
A police spokesperson confirmed that the mother of one of the wrestlers had also been taken into custody.
Kyodo reported that two of the fighters may have been involved in organising a betting syndicate to place bets on professional baseball games in 2009 - it is thought their activities could have involved bets worth around one million yen.
The remaining sumo wrestler has been linked with an investigation in to bets placed on a number of baseball games in 2010.
Gambling is largely illegal in Japan apart from betting that is regulated by the government but this is limited to certain areas such as horse racing.
In 2010, one of sumo's leading fighters Kotomitsuki was banned from the sport after a number of investigations into gambling within the popular sport.
Earlier this week, two Georgian wrestlers, Kokkai and Gagamaru, were involved in a drunken brawl in a restaurant in Tokyo after they lost their bouts at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
Written by Susan Ballion.