Wednesday, 6th April 2011
In Japan Sports News, Sports, Sports,
JSA to host free Grand Sumo Tournament this summer?
Sumo wrestling fans may be in for a treat this summer, as it has been reported that the next Grand Sumo Tournament may be made free to the public.
The Japan Sumo Association (JSA) is considering the move after a match-fixing scandal in February led to the March event being cancelled, the Associated Press reported.
JSA officials claimed yesterday (April 5th) that all 19 wrestlers implicated in the scandal had turned in their papers to retire, but sumo elder Tanigawa has refused to quit, denying the allegations against him.
In other Japanese sports news, the Japanese Football Association has decided to pull the national team out of the Copa America tournament, which is due to take place in July.
Meanwhile, Cerezo Osaka beat South Korea's Jeonbuk Motors 1-0 in the Asian Champions League last night, with Takashi Inui scoring the winning goal.
Cerezo's city rivals Gamba Osaka slumped to their second loss in Group E of the competition, losing 2-1 away to South Korea's Jeju United.
Written by Mark Smith
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