Sumo wrestling desperate to remain relevant in modern Japan

Sumo wrestling (funny): scandals, modern entertainment threaten ancient Japanese sport

The Japan Sumo Association is lowering its standards as fans abandon the ancient Japanese form of wrestling for other forms of entertainment. Match-fixing scandals, links to organized crime and the sport’s failure to produce a home-grown Japanese superstar in more than a decade have seen sumo’s popularity in Japan fall to an all-time low. The Japan Sumo Association is so desperate to attract new talent that it has lowered its recruiting standards, reducing height and weight requirements to attract new athletes. Last month, only one wrestler applied to take sumo’s entrance exam, meaning that only a total of 56 people took the test this year, the lowest figure in 54 years. Athletes who were too…

Japan sumo wrestling to resume after scandal

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Called ‘The Emperor’s Sport,’ the art of Sumo is supposed to embody the Japanese spirit. It’s a 1,000-year-old tradition that remains popular to this day. However, earlier this year, a match-fixing scandal rocked the Sumo world. Wrestlers were caught using text messages to fix matches. As a result, the spring tournament was cancelled. One disgusted veteran manager said sumo without honor is just “pigs colliding”. 25 wrestlers and managers were found guilty of match fixing and kicked out of the sport for life. This was not the first time that Sumo has been sullied. In past scandals, wrestlers were caught using marijuana or betting on baseball. Normal competition will resume in July. Maybe some changes…