Top Sumo referee apologises for sexual harassment on teenage referee

Vastavam web: Sumo’s top-ranked referee sexually harassed a teenage referee last month, Japanese media reported today, in a fresh blow to the ancient sport after a former champion was charged over a brutal assault on a rival.While drunk on the night of December 16, Shikimori Inosuke, 58, molested his male junior by kissing him and touching his chest at a hotel in Okinawa, where sumo wrestlers were making a winter tour, public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News said.”I don’t remember anything as I was heavily drunk,” Shikimori said, according to Jiji Press. “I don’t know why I did such an act.”

The junior referee has no plans to file a police report, but the association is expected to take disciplinary action, local media said.NHK said the harassment dealt a heavy blow to the association, which has vowed to take preventive measures against scandals as former sumo grand champion Harumafuji was charged late last month over a brutal assault on a rival wrestler while out drinking.The Mongolian former “yokozuna”, sumo’s highest rank, faced a summary indictment meaning he was fined 500,000 yen (USD 4,420) but exempted from standing trial.Yokozuna are expected to be beyond moral reproach but the writing was on the wall for Harumafuji after he confessed to hitting Takanoiwa for texting his girlfriend while he was scolding him over his poor attitude.