Media and sport: Sportsgate
In their 2005 book Freakonomics, economists Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner argued that sumo wrestling, that most noble and ancient Japanese sport, was riddled with corruption. They analysed data from 32,000 bouts over 11 years and controversially concluded that a significant number of those bouts had been rigged, with one wrestler having agreed to 'tank' or take a dive to let his opponent win (in return for a reciprocal gesture at their next meeting).
Sport is no stranger to scandal, but several recent fixtures have put governing bodies in the spotlight, says Max Duthie
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