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Asashoryu denies involvement in match fixing

Asashoryu denies involvement in match fixing

Sumo's top wrestler, Grand Champion Asashoryu, on Saturday strongly denied reports that he paid other wrestlers to let him win.
"They wrote things that are completely unbelievable," Mongolian-born Asashoryu told reporters on Saturday in reference to an article published in a Japanese weekly magazine on Jan. 3. "It's a shame, it's causing me a lot of trouble."
Asashoryu won his 20th Emperor's Cup in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament earlier this month. He is the most successful foreign wrestler in the history of Japan's national sport.
The Japan Sumo Association has already questioned several wrestlers mentioned in the magazine report. So far, all the wrestlers questioned have denied any knowledge of match fixing by Asashoryu.
Asashoryu, who is scheduled to be questioned by the JSA on Tuesday, is the only grand champion currently competing in sumo. There hasn't been a Japanese grand champion since Takanohana retired in 2003.


Updated : 2021-03-07 20:45 GMT+08:00