Photo/IllutrationTakanoiwa, right, congratulates Takakeisho at a party held in Fukuoka on Nov. 25 after his victory at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Takanoiwa, whose beating at the hands of a yokozuna led to anti-violence measures in the sumo world, has been suspended for assaulting and injuring his attendant, the Japan Sumo Association said Dec. 5.

The JSA said it will consider further disciplinary action against the makuuchi-division wrestler over the incident that occurred around 11 p.m. on Dec. 4 during a sumo tour in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Takanoiwa, 28, who is from Mongolia and belongs to the Chiganoura stable, slapped and punched the 23-year-old attendant’s face four to five times in a hotel room where he was staying during the tour, according to the JSA.

The incident came to light when the attendant, whose cheeks were swollen, did not show up to the tour venue the following morning. He did not suffer any other serious injuries.

The JSA summoned Takanoiwa to Tokyo and interviewed him at Ryogoku Kokugikan. His stablemaster, Chiganoura, was also present.

Takanoiwa said he attacked the attendant “because he made an excuse for forgetting something,” according to the JSA.

Takanoiwa himself was beaten up by yokozuna Harumafuji at a karaoke bar in Tottori in October 2017. A remote controller was used in the attack.

The scandal shook the sumo world, and Harumafuji, 34, who is also from Mongolia, retired to take responsibility.

Takanoiwa, who used to belong to the Takanohana stable, filed a lawsuit against the retired yokozuna on Oct. 4, seeking about 24 million yen ($213,000) in compensation. The lawsuit was dropped on Oct. 30.

In response to that beating, the JSA has been holding training sessions and taking other measures to root out violence in the sport.

“Takanoiwa is supposed to understand the (pain) the most,” JSA spokesman Shibatayama said. “He is also in a position to lead others as sekitori. We will take strict action over this incident.”