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Do you agree with the decision by the Japan Sumo Association to cancel the March tournament because of the match-fixing scandal?

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Like countless other institutions in Japan, professional sumou has allowed the selfish interests of a small number of participants as a justification to override any notions of ethical behavior. Until a transparent mechanism is put in place that forces all parties to engage in legitimate competition, and is thus responsible to the public at large, you might as well cancel every single match until the end of time.

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I don't think it is a good idea to cancel. Let fans watch and decide for themselves on what they think would be the best way forward.

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There are always cheaters. JSA is at fault here. Better supervision is the key. To make the honest, devoted participants and the people just trying to earn the living suffer is a greater mistake than lack of supervision. If the JSA is embarassed, then show respect for the hard working people.

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until the JSA resigns in shame there's no point in playing. Since they won't budge and take responsibility it deserves to be cancelled until they are gone.

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I agree with Bill Gates. Maybe it is a Japanese thing for fans to expect a tournament to be canceled. I personally cannot imagine fans being pleased in any way if the World Series or Super Bowl, or any part of a season of any sport, were outright canceled due to say, a steroid scandal. In the end it seems the fans and serious athletes are being punished. Don't fans have the ability to turn the channel if they don't want to see it?

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Wait, what? If you know something is going to be fixed, or suspected of being fixed, doesn't that put proper over-sight on alert? Doesn't it kinda put the kibosh on the whole fixing thing? Why cancel it? Re-set and fire it up; keep an eye out for anything weird. And if even then, the bad guys are brazen enough to try, wouldn't it be better to catch them in the act?

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Canceling was cowardly. They could have held it anyway, and donated the proceeds to charity.

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Canceling it hurt and upset many people. Just watch the news and see how many people are angry having to take a financial loss, etc due to it.

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zenny11. exactly! all the restaurants. hotels. shops. & let's not forget the dafuya. the little guy's taking a beating for the mistakes of the big guys .

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WordStar has a great idea. I agree. Canceling only cements the cowardliness of Sumo, so why not take the purse and gate and donate it to something of need.

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Yes. The big guys should perform for free and no monthly salary for a while. Everyone can make a mistake, it's human. On the other hand, JSA's decision is affecting negatively all the collateral business activities.

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Bad idea, punishes fans...

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