Ozeki Kotomitsuki, who has been suspended over an illegal gambling scandal, has admitted that he was involved in gambling on baseball games, the Metropolitan Police Department said on Tuesday.
Police questioned Kotomitsuki anew after he had previously denied involvement in gambling.
The ozeki will miss next month’s Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in his native Aichi Prefecture and is banned from participating in sumo for the time being.
The Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday accepted an offer by his stablemaster Sadogatake for the suspension in a board meeting to discuss gambling problems that have hit the ancient national pastime.
Kotomitsuki, 34, admitted to gambling in the JSA’s recent survey that showed a total of 65 people in the sumo world engaged in some kind of gambling over the past five years.
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