NHK said the harassment dealt a heavy blow to the association, which has vowed to take preventive measures against scandals as former sumo grand champion Harumafuji was charged late last month over a brutal assault on a rival wrestler while out drinking.
Sumo’s top-ranked referee sexually harassed a teenage referee last month, Japanese media reported Saturday, in a fresh blow to the ancient sport after a former champion was charged over a brutal assault on a rival.
The furore has reopened old wounds in the closeted world of sumo after an increase in violence, allegations of illegal betting, links with crime syndicates and drug busts shook the roly-poly sport in recent years.
While drunk on the night of December 16, Shikimori Inosuke, 58, molested his male junior by kissing him and touching his chest at a hotel in Okinawa, where sumo wrestlers were making a winter tour, public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News said.
TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) — Sumo’s top-ranked referee will resign over an incident in which he kissed and touched a teenage referee while drunk, Japanese media reported, the latest scandal to hit the country’s ancient national sport.
The referee, Shikimori Inosuke Figure, was suspended for three tournaments and the Japan Sumo Association would accept his formal resignation after the May summer grand tournament, Kyodo news agency reported.
They pledged to never divulge sensitive information and accepted that, if they broke this promise, they would be incurring divine wrath for their entire family for generations to come.
Scholars also discovered another promise in the oath which dictates the ninja must report to his superiors any new skills, tools or firearms that were not in the ‘Bansenshukai’, a secretive 17th-century text considered to be a Ninja encyclopedia.
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