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Friday, 3rd June 2011
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July sumo tournament to get live TV coverage

This summer's Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament will be televised by public broadcaster NHK as originally scheduled, it has been announced.

Following a major match-fixing scandal in February, the channel decided not to cover last month's spring test meet, but the upcoming tournament will get the full TV and radio treatment, Kyodo News reports.

Masayuki Matsumoto, chairman of NHK, said: "We hope that matches fought in earnest by each wrestler will liven up the competition and cheer up fans in areas, including the disaster-hit areas, with our coverage."

This decision comes after the government said that it was satisfied with efforts to stamp out match-rigging and corruption, and called on the Japanese Sumo Association to restart regular tournaments from July onwards.

The Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament will run from July 10th to 24th and will be the first regular sumo tournament since January.

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho will be hoping to win a record-breaking eighth successive tournament.

Written by Mark Smith

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