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Harumafuji: Sumo Wrestler Sorry for Hitting Competitor With Bottle

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Sumo grand champion Harumafuji of Mongolia performs his ring entry forms at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The Shinto ritual is part of the annual New Year's celebrations at the shrine. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 03:08 PM

Sumo wrestler and grand champion Harumafuji apologized Tuesday for hitting a fellow wrestler over the head with a bottle. 

Takanoiwa, who was allegedly hit with the bottle, was hospitalized for several days after the incident and suffered a concussion and fractured skull, according to the BBC.

Former grand champion Takanohana, who is Takanoiwa’s stable master, reported the incident to police, the BBC reported. The injury reportedly took place during a drunken brawl. 

Mongolian sumo wrestler Harumafuji and his stable master Isegahama were questioned by police on Tuesday in the Oct. 26 incident, according to the BBC.

Harumafuji also began the process to pull out of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where he was to compete for a 10th career title, Japan Times reported.

“Regarding Takanoiwa’s injury, I sincerely apologize for causing trouble to his stable master, his stable, the Japan Sumo Association, and my stable master,” Harumafuji said in a statement, the Times reported. 

Takanoiwa, another Mongolian wrestler, had already withdrawn from the tournament and is expected to be demoted to a lower rank in the upcoming January meet, the Times reported. 

The sport’s reputation has been tainted by other scandals, including match-fixing, bullying, and other violence in recent years. In 2007, for instance, three wrestlers and a stable master were arrested for beating a 17-year-old junior wrestler to death.

Sumo wrestlers are traditionally expected to follow a strict standard of good behavior. Fighters are not supposed to show emotion after a win so they aren’t inconsiderate to the losers.

It was not clear whether Harumafuji or his stable master would be charged in the incident.

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