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Major Japanese sumo tournament canceled due to match-fixing allegations

Japan’s national sport is engulfed in scandal as event postponed.

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SAY IT AIN’T sumo! A match-fixing scandal has rocked the Japanese sumo world, forcing the cancellation of the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Police had been investigating accusations of baseball gambling among sumo wrestlers, but they revealed on Wednesday that they had discovered text messages indicating that matches had been thrown.

Since the investigation has been ongoing and officials are concerned about the loss of public trust, the decision was made to cancel the tourney for the first time since World War II.

Read more at Business Insider

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