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Sumo wrestler Takayoshitoshi reported to prosecutors on suspicion of striking attendant

Sumo wrestler Takayoshitoshi, left, is seen with his stablemaster Takanohana at a news conference at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo hall in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on Jan. 31, 2018. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- Sumo wrestler Takayoshitoshi has been reported to prosecutors on suspicion of hitting and injuring a wrestler who was serving as his attendant this past March, police said.

Osaka Prefectural Police sent an investigation report to the Osaka Sub-district Public Prosecutors Office on June 5, accusing Takayoshitoshi, 21, of inflicting bodily injury. Since he has reached an out-of-court settlement with his victim, prefectural police recommended leniency.

Following his match on March 18 -- the eighth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament -- the makushita-division rikishi allegedly hit his then attendant in the face multiple times in the dressing room of Edion Arena Osaka in Naniwa Ward, Osaka. The victim was slightly injured.

According to investigative sources, Takayoshitoshi admitted to hitting his attendant and apologized for the incident. The victim had no intention of seeking criminal punishment of Takayoshitoshi, but in April, a third party filed a complaint against the wrestler with law enforcers, the sources said.

In March, the Japan Sumo Association suspended Takayoshitoshi from one whole tournament and demoted by two ranks his stablemaster Takanohana, a former yokozuna, for failing to properly supervise his disciple.

(Japanese original by Yuta Shibayama, Osaka City News Department)

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