Japan Halts Live Sumo Coverage

by Punter's Hero on July 7, 2010

in Latest News, Other Sport

For the first time in over 50 years Japan will not broadcast the upcoming sumo tournament live. Public broadcaster NHK have decided that due to a gambling scandal it would not be appropriate to air the show live. The news come just 48 hours after a top sumo wrestler and coach were banned from the sport.

Many were shocked last month when Japan’s Sumo Association revealed that 65 of its member admitted indulging in illegal gambling. In Feb 2010 the sport was rocked to its foundations when Grand champion Asashoryu was forced to retired following allegations he attacked a man outside a nightclub. Just a few months later a leading coach was jailed for six years for his role in the fatal beating of a wrestler. Sumo was hit again this month when a top wrestler and coach were sacked over illegal gambling. The sport has been hit hard with many sponsors pulling out of the sport.

The JSA is now going through a complete restructuring with JSA chairman stepping aside with Hiroyoshi Murayama taking the reins.

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