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Hakuho reprimanded for inappropriate behavior

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Japan Sumo Association reprimanded Mongolian yokozuna grand champion Hakuho on Thursday over his recent remarks and behavior related to former yokozuna Harumafuji’s assault of a junior wrestler.

Hakuho was summoned to a regular board meeting of the association held at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo hall to receive the censure.

In a televised interview on Sunday after winning the championship in the November grand sumo tournament, Hakuho invited the audience at the tournament arena in Fukuoka to join him in giving three rousing cheers at a time when the sumo world was rocked by the violence case. The board members saw problems with the action, along with other related behavior and remarks.

Hakuho was at the scene of Harumafuji’s alleged violence at a drinking party in late October.

The meeting was held to discuss the association’s response to the high-profile assault case involving Harumafuji and lower-ranking Takanoiwa, both from Mongolia, after receiving an update from its crisis management committee on the ongoing investigation into the case.

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