1 Sep 2010

Sumo Assn to ban criminals from wrestling events

9:01 am on 1 September 2010

A new effort is under way in Japan to end links between organised crime and the sport of Sumo wrestling.

The Japan Sumo Assocation has announced that known members of criminal gangs will be excluded from all Sumo events.

The reputation of Sumo wrestling has been badly hit by a series of scandals this year, including an illegal gambling scheme with links to the criminal underworld.