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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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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