Sumo stars engulfed in betting scandal

Japan’s public broadcasting network said it may drop an upcoming sumo tournament from its schedules because of viewer anger over a widespread gambling scandal involving wrestlers and coaches.

A spokesman for NHK, which has aired the six annual tournaments for decades, made the announcement.

Sumo, Japan’s ancient national sport, is embroiled in one of its worst scandals ever, with dozens of top coaches and wrestlers accused of gambling heavily on baseball games, sometimes with gangsters as middlemen.

Under heavy fire to punish the wrestlers for sullying the ancient sport’s reputation, the body that oversees sumo is expected to announce disciplinary action on Sunday.

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