Plenty of head in sumo’s beer

The Times (South Africa) - - Sport -

● Mon­go­lian sumo grand cham­pion Haru­ma­fuji on Tues­day apol­o­gised for in­jur­ing a wrestler that the me­dia said suf­fered a frac­tured skull af­ter be­ing hit with a beer bot­tle.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Haru­ma­fuji, 33, hit Takanoiwa on the head last month at a party of sumo wrestlers from Mon­go­lia.

Takanoiwa, 27, is not tak­ing part in the

15-day tour­na­ment that started on Sun­day in Fukuoka, western Ja­pan, due to the frac­ture and con­cus­sion, ac­cord­ing to the Ja­pan Sumo As­so­ci­a­tion’s Twit­ter en­try.

The as­so­ci­a­tion also said Haru­ma­fuji would sit out the tour­na­ment and that it was look­ing into the mat­ter.

“I apol­o­gise deeply for caus­ing trouble for sta­ble master Takanohana, peo­ple af­fil­i­ated with Takanohana sta­ble, the sumo as­so­ci­a­tion and my sta­ble master,” pub­lic broad­caster NHK showed Haru­ma­fuji telling re­porters.

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