Japan’s spring sumo tournament was canceled this year because of allegations that 14 sumo wrestlers were fixing matches and arranging bribes via text message. This has never happened before. A few of the text messages negotiating fixing bouts leaked to the press–three wrestlers admitted to having sent and received them, the scandal snowballed, so the chairman of the Japan Sumo Association gave a tearful press conference (note: it is almost obligatory for a regretful head of anything to cry at these things) and called this “the darkest ever chapter in the long history of sumo.”
Sumo matches, especially among the lower ranks, are highly susceptible to fixing because of the way the pay scale works–you get paid nothing unless you reach the rank of juryo, at which point you suddenly make $12,000 a month. So the juryo wrestlers conspire among themselves to make sure they all get to maintain status and earn income. Makes sense.
The last time a tournament was canceled was over 60 years ago, in 1946, because the sumo stadium was damaged by World War 2.