Sumo wrestling is a national sport in Japan. Every
Year there are six tournaments,and millions of Japanese
Watch them on television. A tournament is a series
Sumo is almost as old as the nation of Japan itself.
Stories say that there was sumo wrestling over 2,000
Years ago. There are written records of national sumo
tournaments in the 8th century.
In man sports, athletes are thin and can move very
quickly. However, sumo wrestlers weigh from 100 to 160
Kilos (kilograms). One famous wrestler weighed 195
Kilos. Sumo wrestlers do not move quickly, and sumo
Wrestling is a very slow sport.
Sumo wrestlers start training when they are boys.
They exercise to make their bodies strong. They also eat
They wrestle in a round ring with a sand floor. A
Wrestler loses the match if he leaves the ring. He is also
the loser if any part of his body except his feet touches
the floor. Each wrestler tries to push the other down
on the floor or out of the ring. Sometimes one wrestler
just steps aside when the other wrestler rushes toward
him. Then, the wrestler who is rushing falls down or
moves out of the ring.
Sumo is not very popular in other countries, but the
Japanese think that it is a very exciting sport.