Plenty of head in sumo’s beer
● 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.