Hakuho, sumo's greatest ever wrestler, is given humiliating demotion after he ... trends now

Hakuho, sumo's greatest ever wrestler, is given humiliating demotion after he ... trends now
Hakuho, sumo's greatest ever wrestler, is given humiliating demotion after he ... trends now

Hakuho, sumo's greatest ever wrestler, is given humiliating demotion after he ... trends now

The greatest sumo wrestler in history will be demoted to the lowest rank of sumo 'elders' after being held responsible for a newcomer's violent behaviour.

Hakuho, real name Monkybatyn Davaajargal, 38, originally from Mongolia, is the most successful sumo wrestler of all time. 

Since retirement from the 2,000-year-old sport, Hakuho went on to run the Miyagino stable where sumo wrestlers live and train.

One of the wrestlers under his wing, 22-year-old newcomer Hokuseiho, has been violent to other wrestlers and his master, Hakuho should have reported it, but didn't.

Japanese news outlet NHK reported that The Japan Sumo Association launched a probe after receiving a tip via social media in January about the conduct of Hokuseiho.

It says the 22-year-old has admitted to slapping the face of two junior wrestlers and striking them with a broom handle.

The vice president of the British Sumo Union, Scott Findlay revealed more violent behaviour by Hokuseiho.

This includes hitting people with sticks and burning them with a lighter and spray can.

Findlay also reported that on top of the bullying and violence, the young wrestler was apparently stealing.

Speaking about Hakuho and why he didn't report the behaviour, he said: 'Due to his status and career, he has been very popular and seems to be everywhere doing everything so who knows how much actual time he has spent in the heya (training quarters).'

Hokuseiho, who is a towering 6'8, weighing in at nearly 30 stone is said to be up and coming but is now being advised to retire for his bad behaviour.

Hakuho, 38, originally from Mongolia, is the most successful sumo wrestler of all time

Hakuho, 38, originally from Mongolia, is the most successful sumo wrestler of all time

Hokuseiho, 22, is a newcomer and is up and coming but is already being advised to retire

Hokuseiho, 22, is a newcomer and is up and coming but is already being advised to retire

Hakuho, whose responsibility it is to watch over the wrestlers in his stable is due to be demoted by two levels as a punishment - meaning he will be the lowest rank a sumo elder can possibly be.

Not only will his honour be damaged, but also his wallet; a pay cut is expected. 

President of the British Sumo federation, Steve Pateman, said: 'Sumo is a tough sport.

'The training to get to the

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