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Japan sumo wrestler fired over gambling charges.

Japan's governing body of sumo wrestling announced it has fired star sumo wrestler ozeki Kotomitsuki in the wake of a gambling scandal that has enveloped the sport, according to news reports.

The unprecedented move also was taken against Kotomitsuki's stable master, Otake.

Kotomitsuki becomes the first active "ozeki" to be fired; he was found to have gambled on professional baseball, the money allegedly a source of funding for mobsters, Kyodo News reported. The Japan Sumo Association on Sunday stopped short, however, of expelling them, the most severe sentence which would bar them from receiving retirement allowances, according to Kyodo News.

Such a sentence would be decided by a council of high-ranking sumo officials, Kyodo News reported.

The Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, which runs later this month, will go on as planned.

The allegations have shaken sumo wrestling, with 63 percent of people responding to a poll saying the summer tournament should be postponed, according to the national Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

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