As strange as yesterday’s “closing ceremonies” were, it looks like everyone is moving to put the whole thing in the past. On Thursday morning, Yokozuna Hakuho and Miyagino Oyakata met with the sumo association judges, were Hakuho was reprimanded for his post-bout behavior.
Later that same day, Hakuho publicly apologized for his actions, and declared the entire incident a misunderstanding on his part. He said, “I did not think the fans wanted to see the final match happen that way, and I was encouaging the Shimpan (judges) to watch a replay and consider. After I left the hanamichi, I realized I had made a mistake, which was inexcusable.”
So, the dai-Yokozuna apologizes, and takes responsibility. Honor is satisfied and sumo resumes.