Jiji PressDAZAIFU, Fukuoka (Jiji Press) — Sumo grand champion Harumafuji has assaulted a junior wrestler, it was learned Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters at a sumo wrestlers’ residence in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Harumafuji expressed deep remorse over the recent incident.
The 33-year-old yokozuna then submitted a notification that he will drop out of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, the 15-day competition that started in the city of Fukuoka on Sunday.
Harumafuji, who belongs to the Isegahama stable, assaulted Takanoiwa, 27, also in the makuuchi top division, after getting into an argument while drinking in late October, according to informed sources.
Takanoiwa, who belongs to the Takanohana stable and has been absent from the tournament since Day 1, submitted to the Japan Sumo Association a doctor’s report confirming his injuries, including a skull base fracture that requires two weeks for a complete recovery.
“I deeply apologize for having caused so much trouble to stablemaster Takanohana, supporters of the Taka-nohana stable, the Japan Sumo Association as well as my stablemaster,” Harumafuji said about causing various injuries to Takanoiwa.
The association has questioned the two wrestlers’ masters about the incident.