[sumo] More Arrests to Come?
jhedge at rcn.com
Fri Feb 29 19:28:12 EST 2008
According to Kintamayama over on the Forum, SEVEN people are going to
be prosecuted in the Tokitsukaze case. The seven are: the
ex-oyakata, the 3 rikishi originally implicated, TWO more active
rikishi (one with Juryo experience), and a retired rikishi. No link
to the source of the information.
Asashosakari said that the retired rikishi is reported to be 27 years
old, while the active ones are 27 and 28. SPECULATION is that the
retiree might be Tokinoumi (who was the rikishi who admitted to
participating in the whole thing with the baseball bat). The only 28
year old in the stable is Toyonokuni (Ms13E - formerly Minami,
Toyonokuni, Tokifutatsu; 1 Makushita yusho (7/2004)), who also has
Juryo experience (1 basho, 11/2004). That would make the 27 year old
active rikishi either Toyohikari (Ms55E - formerly Ogoshi) or
Kisomitsuru (Sd23E - formerly Matsuura, Kisomitsuru, Soranzan, Sotairan).
Apparently (again, according to Kintamayama's sources), the richijo
was off at a private function and didn't participate in a press
conference to apologize (yet again) to the family and say what will
happen to the accused. The Kyokai press office instead said they were
watching the police investigation closely and would act accordingly.
The media is reported to be all over the richijo.
OTOH, Tokitsukaze Oyakata (ex-Tokitsuumi) did hold a press
conference, saying that they would take the investigation seriously.
He said he wouldn't force the rikishi to retire, and would act in
accordance with the Kyokai's decision on the matter. He did not know
if the active rikishi involved would participate in Haru.
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