Ex-sumo wrestler admits to being bookie

A 34-year-old former sumo wrestler who once belonged to Onomatsu stable has told investigators that he served as a bookmaker for illegal gambling on professional baseball games, investigative sources said Monday.

The former wrestler, who was believed to have acted as an intermediary in setting up sumo wrestlers with bookies, also indicated he had ties with syndicated crime organizations, according to the sources, in a challenge to Monday’s announcement by a special oversight panel investigating the illegal gambling which said it could not confirm such ties between wrestlers and crime organs.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the matter with a focus on possible ties between wrestlers and organized crime groups.

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