Hakuho says he will tell truth about fellow wrestler's assault on Takanoiwa to rid sumo world of 'pus'
Japan Times -- Nov 27
The grand champion who won the just-concluded autumn sumo tournament said Sunday he will "tell the truth" about a high-profile assault case involving wrestlers to rid the sumo world of "the pus."

At the end of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, winner Hakuho said, "A damper has been cast on this tournament. Representing wrestlers, I'd like to apologize to sumo fans across the nation," in reference to an ongoing police investigation into an assault by fellow yokozuna Harumafuji on lower-ranked wrestler Takanoiwa.

"I want Harumafuji and Takanoiwa back in the dohyo ring," Hakuho said of his compatriots from Mongolia after clinching his 40th career title. Both Harumafuji and Takanoiwa, who suffered head injuries, were absent from the tournament.

The top official of sumo's governing body also offered an apology to fans over the late-October incident that overshadowed the 15-day tournament.

"I offer an apology from the bottom of my heart for causing great worry and inconvenience," Japan Sumo Association Chairman Hakkaku said at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. "We will try to resolve this case as soon as possible."

Hakuho was present during a drinking session at a restaurant-bar in the city of Tottori, in which Harumafuji assaulted Takanoiwa.

横綱・日馬富士による平幕・貴ノ岩への暴行事件で、11月場所が終わったことを受けて、鳥取県警は現場に同席していた横綱・白鵬から28日にも参考人として事情を聴きます。
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