Sumo Wrestler and Stable Master get the boot from Japan Sumo Association

Japan’s sumo authority Sunday fired a stable master and a senior wrestler for illegal gambling as it announced tough punishment for a scandal that exposed the sport’s ties to organized crime.

“I sincerely apologize for causing tremendous nuisance and worries,” Japan Sumo Association president Musashigawa told a nationally televised press conference as wrestlers mired in a baseball betting scandal stood behind him.

“All of us who are here today will make efforts not to repeat this kind of problem. We are very sorry.”

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