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Two Sumo Stable Masters gave Organized Crime Syndicates Tournament Tickets

Two sumo stable masters have been found to have given senior members of an organized crime group tickets for a tournament last year, prompting the sport’s government body to move toward taking disciplinary steps, police and sumo officials said Tuesday.

Aichi police said dozens of members of the group, Kodokai, watched matches during the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament last July from front-row seats, for which tickets are normally allocated to major supporters who have made significant monetary contributions to the Japan Sumo Association.

The revelation came during recent questioning of the stable masters, during which they said they had “never imagined the tickets would go into the hands of organized crime,” according to the police.

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