Scandal hit sumo wrestlers bounce back

Scandal hit sumo wrestlers bounce back
By Louise Miner with Reuters
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Thousands of wrestling fanatics and tourists enjoyed the ceremonial Spring Festival sumo wrestling tournament amid scandals over Japan's national sport. It's after a raft of negative publicity surrounding incidents ranging from assault, bullying to accusations of sexism.

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Thousands of wrestling fanatics and tourists enjoyed the ceremonial Spring Festival sumo wrestling tournament.

The event was held at a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Monday amid scandals over Japan's national sport.

It's after a raft of negative publicity surrounding incidents ranging from assault, bullying to accusations of sexism.

The sumo ring is believed to be sacred and according to some media, a place where sumo wrestlers make offerings to a jealous female goddess.

But many fans believe the ancient sport should be more inclusive, particularly with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics just around the corner.

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