History of Sumo

Sumo is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a wrestler (rikishi) attempts to force another wrestler out of a 4.55 meter circular ring (dohyō) or into touching the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet. Athletes wrestle almost naked with only a loin-cloth (mawashi). Women wear leotards underneath the mawashi. Punching, poking, kicking the chest or abdominal areas, taking hold of the opponent’s hair, throat, clothing other than the mawashi, the maebukuro (front pouch part of mawashi), bending back the opponent’s fingers, biting, slapping the opponent’s face with arm outstretched more than shoulder width is not allowed. At the initial charge, both wrestlers must jump up from the crouch simultaneously after touching the surface of the ring with two fists at the start of the bout. Bouts are typically very short, usually less than a minute (most of the time only a few seconds). Extremely rarely, a bout can go on for several minutes. Each match is preceded by an elaborate ceremonial ritual.

Country of Origin

  • Japan

Popular Countries

  • Japan, Russia, Ukraine

2017 World Games Champion (country)

  • Lightweight – Russia (men), Ukraine (women)
  • Middleweight – Russia (men), Mongolia (women)
  • Heavyweight – Russia (men & women)
  • Open Weight – Russia (men & women)

Years Participated in The World Games

  • 2

Sumo Schedule

The schedule will be posted in 2019.

Sumo Results

The results will be posted in 2021.

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