Victim turned assailant: sumo wrestler to quit over assault

Mongolian rank-and-file sumo wrestler Takanoiwa has decided to retire after assaulting a younger wrestler during the ongoing regional tour, sources close to the matter said Friday.

Takanoiwa, 28, who himself was a victim of assault last year that led to the resignation of grand chamption Harumafuji, struck the lower-ranked wrestler of his Chiganoura stable at a hotel in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Fukuoka on Tuesday night, according to the Japan Sumo Association.

The apprentice did not suffer a major injury but has swelling on his face after being hit four or five times with an open hand and fist for having forgotten to bring something, the JSA said.

Takanoiwa has withdrawn from the winter regional tour in Fukuoka, and has been questioned by the person in charge of crisis management at the JSA. He has apologized for the incident.

It is the latest in a spate of scandals that have tarnished the reputation of the sumo world. Takanoiwa, whose real name is Adiyagiin Baasandorj, was beaten with a karaoke machine remote control in a lounge bar by fellow Mongolian Harumafuji on Oct. 26 last year, which led to the grand champion’s retirement the following month.

All — Kyodo News+

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