Sumo Wrestler Accused of Breaking Fellow Wrestler's Skull With Beer Bottle

Harumafuji a grand champion apologised to his sumo stable and that of the other wrestler

November 14 (Jiji Press)-Yokozuna sumo grand champion Harumafuji has assaulted a junior wrestler, it was learned Tuesday.

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

Harumafuji's stable master Seiya Isegahama told reporters that the grand champion would visit the victim's stable later on Tuesday to offer a personal apology.

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.

Japanese media reported that Harumafuji hit his fellow Mongolian wrestler Takanoiwa in the head with a beer bottle at a party last month, fracturing his skull base and causing other injuries.

The victim, Takanoiwa, 27, announced Monday that he would not be taking part in the 15-day Grand Sumo Tournament, which began this weekend in western Japan, according to local public broadcaster NHK.

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"As for Takanoiwa's injuries, I apologize deeply for causing trouble for stable master Takanohana, people affiliated with Takanohana stable, the Sumo Association and my stable master", the wrestler told local reporters Tuesday.

The incident is the latest scandal to rock the sport of sumo in recent years following investigations into hazing and match-fixing.

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

In 2010, former stable master Tokitsukaze was sentenced to fives years in prison for instructing seniors to beat up a novice 17-year-old wrestler.

Sumo wrestlers are expected to adhere to a strict code of conduct in accordance with the sport's ancient traditions but the sport is not immune to controversy. Wrestlers are not even allowed to express emotions when they win, as this is seen as inconsiderate to the loser.

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