NHK to air live broadcasts of sumo again

Japan’s public TV broadcaster is to resume live sumo broadcasts, after canceling coverage of July’s Nagoya tournament over a betting scandal that hit the country’s ancient sport.

NHK officials said Thursday the station will televise the Sept. 12-26 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament as usual.

NHK did not air live broadcasts of the Nagoya tournament, saying that the betting scandal generated viewer disgust. It was the first time since 1953 that live broadcasts weren’t shown on NHK.

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