Sumo facts for kids
A sumo match (tori-kumi) between yokozuna Asashōryū (left) and komusubi Kotoshōgiku in January 2008.
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Olympic sport||No, but IOC recognized|
Sumo (相撲 sumō) is a Japanese full-contact sport.
In sumo, a wrestler (rikishi) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) 4.55 metres in diameter. Also, the rikishi try to use their skill to force an opponent to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet.
Sumo wrestlers (sumotori) are ranked into a hierarchy based on win-loss statistics in competitive tournaments.
Those who have earned the highest rank are grand champions (yokuzuna).
- Akashi, 16th century
- Maruyama, (1712-1749)
- Tanikaze (Kajinosuke, 1750-1795)
- Onagawa (1758-1805)
- Ao no Matsu (1791-1851)
- Chiyonofuji Mitsugu (b. 1955)
- Takanosato (b. 1952)
- Futahaguro Koji (b. 1963)
- Hokuto-umi, (b. 1963)
- Onokuni (b. 1962)
- Asahifuji (b. 1960)
- Akebono (b. 1970)
Sumo has changed in modern times. Foreign-born wrestlers are part of the sport. For example, Konishiki and Akebono are Hawaiian-born athletes who earned places for themselves.
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