Sumo loses third sponsor over betting scandal

June 30, 2010

Japan’s sumo wrestlers have lost their third tournament sponsor over the illegal betting scandal that has rocked the sport.

Foodmaker Natori will not sponsor the Nagoya tournament, scheduled to begin on 11 July. This follows the decisions of Nagatanien Co and Asahi Mutual Life Insurance Co, who have also pulled out of the sport.

Japan’s sumo association has this week suspended Chairman Musashigawa and13 wrestlers after some had admitted to illegal gambling on baseball matches.

Yasuo Sazuki, a spokesman for Natori said: “It wasn’t a matter of whether the punishment of the wrestlers was enough or not, it was a matter of the public’s view towards the whole incident.”