It started from an article of a Japanese magazine. The article reported that Japanese Sumo wrestlers committed a crime of illegal baseball gambling provided by Japanese organized crime group. Some of them are high-rank wrestlers; including Oozeki (2nd Highest Rank), and Stable Masters, who are in a leading position of young wrestlers. There were Sumo wrestlers gamble problem in the past. This time, however, was different since it was involving major Sumo Masters and Wrestlers. The order restoration committee suspended activities of the chairman of Sumo Association and replaced the chairman. Japanese people consider this as the largest disaster of Sumo history.
Nagoya season started on July 11 through July 25 as scheduled. There was even opinion that Nagoya season should not have held. Japanese National Broadcasting did not carry live broadcasting as they usually do. The chairman of Sumo Association appeared to apologize on the first day. Number of sightseers reduced by 10%. About 8000 people cancelled their tickets. Emperor’s office decided not to give the largest award for the champion, Emperor’s Trophy to the champion of the season.
For people who are not familiar with this Sumo wrestling sport, Sumo is Japanese traditional wrestling style. 2 muscular guys fight to push the enemy out of field or cause him to fall on the ground.
Many foreign people love Japanese Sumo I know. For these out of Japan Sumo fans, the situation seemed hopeless. They must have worried about what would happen with the Sumo. It was quite fortunate for entire Sumo community that they had this Yokozuna (Grand Champion, highest-rank wrestler). His name is Haku-Ho. During this confusion of illegal baseball gambling of Sumo Association, Yokozuna, Haku-Ho continued to fight quietly and kept winning. His record for consecutive winning before Nagoya season was – No.4 in the history after No.1 Futaba-Yama, 69, No.2 Chiyo-no-Fuji 52, No.3 Tai-Ho 45. In this Nagoya season, Haku-Ho continued to win and recorded 47 continuous. He became No.3 record holder overcoming his own teacher, Tai-Ho. Haku-Ho was the winner of Nagoya season, but he could not get some rewards centered on Emperor’s Trophy, due to this illegal gamble scandal. He looked a little bit sad despite his own outstanding record of consecutive win and championship. He did not comment on the scandal when an interviewer asked.
Time has passed. Sumo Autumn Season started on September 12. There were still some people who were talking about the scandal. The association decided to fire one Ohzeki (2nd Rank next to Yokozuna, 1st Rank). Some others disappeared forever. The damage from the scandal was obvious. The people’s center of interest, however, had already shifted from the scandal to the consecutive win record by Haku-Ho. People talked about how many wins Haku-Ho can achieve, if he could win Autumn Season without losing. Haku-Ho looked like Blue Wild Wolf, from Mongolian Prairie, who does not bark, who does not growl, but just attack and fight. He was quiet. When a reporter asked about his pressure, he just said that he fights doing his best.
7th day of the season, he won the match and became official No.2 of the historical record. He continued to win and finished the entire season without losing once again. His continuing win after this season was 62, next to No.1 record of 69. Seniors and former Sumo wrestlers are saying that they cannot imagine anyone who can win Haku-Ho.
People do not talk about the news of Illegal Gambling by Sumo wrestlers any more. People say just about how many more Haku-Ho can win. They talk about if he could replace historical record of 69 wins. If there were no Haku-Ho, if there were no his continuing winning record, the popularity of Sumo would not have recovered this quick. It must not be just me who believe that this Mongolia born young Yokozuna saved Japanese Sumo.