YOKOZUNA HARUMAFUJI D.BYAMBADORJ BEATS UNDERLING
The 70th yokozuna (grand champion) of professional sumo Harumafuji D.Byambadorj of Mongolia is suspected of assaulting and injuring fellow Mongolian sumo Takanoiwa A.Baasandorj late last month. Japanese sports newspaper Sponichi reported that D.Byambadorj beat A.Baasandorj with a beer bottle.
On November 14, Harumafuji D.Byambadorj said, “I sincerely apologize for causing trouble.” He later submitted a letter to leave the ongoing Kyushu Basho (November grand sumo tournament).
The Japan Sumo Association announced on Monday that eighthranked maegashira Takanoiwa A.Baasandorj was hospitalized due to concussion and skull fracture from November 5 to 9.
According to Sponichi, Harumafuji was drinking with other Mongolian wrestlers on October 26 when the yokozuna hit 27-year-old A.Baasandorj after an argument about his attitude.
The Japanese Sumo Association executives, including chairman Hakkaku, gathered at the tournament venue in Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Tuesday morning, and questioned Harumafuji D.Byambadorj and his stablemaster Isegahama.
Yokozuna Harumafuji speaks to reporters on Tuesday