November 29, 2017 / 1:32 AM / 17 days ago

Sumo: Grand champion Harumafuji to retire - sumo association

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sumo grand champion Harumafuji has informed the Japan Sumo Association of his intent to retire, an association spokesman said, following the Mongolian’s assault of a junior wrestler.

FILE PHOTO : Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Harumafuji performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan January 6, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

Harumafuji’s “oyakata” Isegahama, who runs the gym, or “stable” where Harumafuji trains, informed the association on the grand champion’s behalf, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Ami Miyazaki, writing by Linda Sieg; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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