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Sumo champ in drinking assault claims

Sumo champ in drinking assault claims

Japan's sports minister has called for an investigation by the Japan Sumo Association into allegations that grand champion Asashoryu assaulted a man in a recent late-night drinking session.
"The association is responsible for Japan's national sport," sports minister Tatsuo Kawabata said Friday. "This must be dealt with appropriately. If the reports are true, it's deplorable."
Weekly magazine Friday reported last week that Asashoryu was intoxicated after leaving an establishment and hit an acquaintance.
However, weekly magazine Shukan Shincho reported Thursday that the actual man attacked was in charge of a dance club where the Mongolian had been drinking.
The man's injuries reportedly included a broken nose, lacerations of the lip and bruises to the back of his head.


Updated : 2021-07-29 20:08 GMT+08:00