Outside of its local Japan, sumo wrestling is viewed as something of a turn of phrase—husky men in diapers crashing for the entertainment of the group. Notwithstanding, it is a game saturated with custom, requiring huge ability and commitment. The universe of sumo rikishi (grapplers) is brimming with intriguing realities, from their voracious cravings to dim affiliations with the Japanese horde.
5 Fixing Matches
Over the most recent couple of years, sumo has declined steeply in prominence. More youthful individuals are more intrigued by baseball, soccer, or even golf, and the crowds at matches will in general be included to a great extent of senior residents. In any case, there is one rather sudden gathering that has been drawn toward sumo—the yakuza, or Japanese mafia. The yakuza has been connected to coercion against the grapplers, especially the individuals who appreciate sports wagering, which is illegal in Japan. In 2010, well-known grappler Kotomitsuki was excused from the game in the wake of confessing to wagering on baseball games. Rikishi have likewise been blamed for coordinate fixing in their own game. There have been bits of gossip about cheating in sumo for quite a long time; it was a critical subject in the 2005 book Freakonomics, which uncovered some terrible measurements that everything except ensured the game was overflowing with debasement. This is for the most part attached to agreement—grapplers offering each other courtesies. For example, if a grappler with a 7-7 record was confronting a grappler with an 8-6 record, the 8-6 contender may take a fall, leaving them both with winning records unblemished. The 7-7 grappler would later owe some help and would be far likelier to take a fall in a rematch. In 2011, grapplers at long last confessed to fixing matches, masterminding payouts in the background, and arranging sessions similar to “proficient” wrestling, where moves are arranged ahead of time. That year, the Japan Sumo Association dropped March’s excellent competition, the main such crossing out since 1946.