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Sumo Assn Decides to Close Miyagino Stable after Violence Scandal

Sumo Assn Decides to Close Miyagino Stable after Violence Scandal

   Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Sumo Association decided at a board meeting on Thursday to close the Miyagino stable for the time being, following a violence scandal involving one of the stable's wrestlers.
   Over the scandal, the wrestler, Hokuseiho, who competed in the makuuchi top division of professional sumo in Japan, has retired, and former yokozuna grand champion Hakuho has been removed as the stable's master.
   The Miyagino stable's wrestlers and former master will be transferred to the Isegahama stable, part of the Isegahama group of stables, including the Miyagino stable.
   The Isegahama stable is home to yokozuna Terunofuji and Takerufuji, who became the first makuuchi rookie to win a tournament in 110 years at this month's tournament.
   Meanwhile, the Miyagino stable is home to wrestlers such as Hakuoho, who competes in the juryo second-highest division. Both stables have about 20 wrestlers.

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