Change is not something that occurs quickly or unexpectedly in the ancient and highly conservative sport of sumo. However, that seems to be exactly what happened earlier today Apr. This shocking announcement was made at a roughly minute-long press event in Tokyo organized by the Japan Sumo Association. Sumo wrestlers in the ring wearing the now defunct mawashi. Following the earth-shattering press event, news commentators across Japan took to the airwaves. While a small minority seemed accepting of the new policy, the vast majority called it nothing more than a shameful attempt to distract the public from a recent series of scandals involving senior wrestlers physically abusing their juniors. Yamane, however, told Nippon Rai News that these scandals had nothing to do with the decision to outlaw the mawashi :.
Many believe that those wrestlers adopt unhealthy diets that increased their weights, but the reality is that the sport requires the wrestlers to gain much weight and undergo intensive exercises so that they can play the game. The Japanese do not see sumo as a mere sport. It is the oldest religious book in Japanese history. According to the Kojiki, the first sumo wrestling match recorded in history was between Takemikazuchi and Takeminakata—two deities in Japanese mythology—and occurred on the Japanese archipelago. Takemikazuchi won the first match, thus the Japanese sumo stars are said to have descended from him. During the matches or training, a Sumo wrestler must wear a belt of cloth around his waist and between his legs, called mawashi. Sumo wrestlers must be almost naked during the matches, wearing only this piece of cloth. On entering sumo, the wrestlers are expected to grow their hair long to form a topknot, or chonmage, similar to the samurai hairstyles of the Edo period. Those with short hair are not allowed to practice this sacred sport.
Sumo wrestling is a traditional martial art that originated the 9th century and is closely associated with Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan. The objective of a Sumo bout is simple — the over-sized combatants aim to force their opponents out of the dohyo ring or onto the ground using a mixture of slapping, wrestling and shoving. The dohyo is considered sacred ground and is blessed by a Shinto priest before every bout. When the wrestlers enter the dohyo they perform an elaborate series of Shinto rituals, starting with a foot-stomping exercise to drive away evil spirits. Foreign visitors to a sumo tournament have been known to panic when stomping starts, mistaking the mild rumblings from the dohyo for the start of an earthquake. Although as a tactic throwing salt into the eyes of an opponent would certainly give a wrestler an advantage, there is no known case this ever happening.
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