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Sumo coach warned over golf club beating

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:55 a.m. HST, Oct 19, 2011

TOKYO >> A sumo coach has been warned by the Japan Sumo Association for beating three of his wrestlers with a golf club.

Sumo coach Kasugano visited the JSA on Wednesday after it was revealed he hit three of his wrestlers for ignoring his instructions to wear kimonos when going out.

The wrestlers were reportedly beaten in the abdomen and the back last Friday, Kyodo news agency reported. A golf iron with a broken grip was found at Kasugano's training facility.

The 49-year-old Kasugano is a former wrestler who reached the third-highest rank of sekiwake, competing under the name Tochinowaka.

The incident is the latest in a string of scandals that have hit Japan's ancient sport in recent years.

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cojef wrote:
Was probably a "bully" during his school days.
on October 19,2011 | 11:47AM
Anonymous wrote:
on October 19,2011 | 04:13PM
saveparadise wrote:
Why is this a scandal? Sexual misconduct and bribes are a scandal. This is discipline.
on October 19,2011 | 05:01PM
krump1_aka_protector wrote:
Are you trying to be funny? You think beating guys with a golf club is DISCIPLINE? I truly hope you don't have a wife and lids and I'm NOT joking. I think YOU need some "discipline".
on October 20,2011 | 01:22AM
krump1_aka_protector wrote:
The Japan Sumo Association is a total joke and it's a travesty this guy wasn't fined or suspended. They gave him a WARNING? Unbelievable. I believe those three sumo guys should all have a turn at beating him with a club and then should be let off with a warning.
on October 20,2011 | 01:26AM
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