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(Update) Sumo Assn Decides to Close Miyagino Stable after Violence Scandal

(Update) 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 former stablemaster will be mainly under the guidance of the Isegahama stablemaster, former yokozuna Asahifuji, and the Asakayama stablemaster, formerly ozeki Kaio, who is a director of the sumo association. They will report on the former stablemaster to the association at every tournament, and if he is found to have acquired the qualities fit to be a stablemaster, the current measures against him are expected to be lifted.
   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.

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