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Sumo may get dropped by Japanese TV’s NHK over gambling scandal

Japan’s public broadcasting network may drop an upcoming sumo tournament from its schedules because of viewer anger over a widespread gambling scandal involving wrestlers and coaches, a spokesman for the network said Friday.

The move by NHK, which has aired the six annual tournaments for decades, would be unprecedented.

Sumo, Japan’s ancient national sport, is embroiled in one of its worst scandals ever, with dozens of top coaches and wrestlers accused of gambling heavily on baseball games, sometimes with gangsters as middlemen.

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Japan TV may pull sumo over gambling scandal