Sunday Fun: Sumo Wrestling Now For Women (With Pictures)
October 24, 2010 9:18 am
Really not much to say here. Really not much. Is this right?
From the NY Times:
OSAKA, Japan — For years, promoters of sumo have been pushing for the sport’s inclusion in the Olympic Games. To get there, the International Sumo Federation has thrown its weight behind a form of the game that would offend purists and surprise most everyone else: women’s sumo.
When the International Olympic Committee declared in 1994 that single-sex sports could no longer qualify as candidates for the Games, that was enough to turn tradition that featured giant men with topknots shoving each other in a ring on its head. Since then, sumo has been coming into its own internationally as an equal opportunity sport.
Such a radical change to Japan’s ancient national sport did not come easy, and the initial push came from outside the country.