Former top-ranked sumo wrestler Takanohana resigns following scandal
Former sumo wrestler Takanohana, who held the top rank of 'yokozuna', handed his resignation to the Japan Sumo Association (JSA) on Tuesday, according to local media, in the latest twist in a scandal that rocked the sport last year.
Takanohana failed to report that a wrestler he coached named Takanoiwa had been beaten by grand champion Harumafuji, who was forced to retire last November after taking responsibility for injuring the junior wrestler.
Tradition forbids women from entering the ring on the grounds that it is sacred and their presence, considered "unclean", would pollute it.
Earlier this year, Egyptian wrestler Osunaarashi was asked to retire after being involved in a car accident while driving without a license.
The news comes two days after another yokozuna, Hakuho, won the traditional autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record to secure a record-extending 41st championship. (Reporting by Jack Tarrant, editing by Nick Mulvenney)