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Thursday, 17th February 2011
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Sumo wrestlers facing gambling charges

Ongoing investigations by the Tokyo police could lead to the arrest of more sumo wrestlers.

Kyodo News reports that police have gathered evidence against nine people, including two sumo fighters, suspected of being involved in illegal gambling on baseball games.

It is thought that a number of mobile phone call and text records have helped identify those linked to match-fixing in the sport and established that two fighters from the second division of juryo may be guilty of betting on the matches.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the two wrestlers are Shironoryu from Mongolia and Daido from Tokyo.

It is thought that the gambling was overseen Sadahide Furuichi, a former juryo from the Onomatsu stable, and that the illegal activity begin in April 2009.

The latest allegations follow a number of arrests within the sumo world which could signal a crisis for the national sport.

Written by Mark Smith.
 



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