Name of a sumo wrestling tournament?

Tournaments of sumo, the national sport of Japan, are called “Honbasho”.

Honbasho are held six times a year in various parts of Japan, in sequence. “Nagoya Basho” is held annually in July at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, neighbor to the city’s jewel, Nagoya Castle. Each “Basho” tournament lasts for 15 days, during which wrestlers fight in matches under a round robin system by Sumo “Heya” (guild), and each “heya” compete to win the “basho” by the number of wins and losses in those matches.

There are three qualifications on how to be a Rikishi (Sumo Wrestler):

Must have completed compulsory education (ninthgrade) and be under 23 years old on the day of the test.

Must be 173 centimeters or taller.

Must weigh at least 75 kilograms.

Note: Women cannot become rikishi. It is stipulated in sumo regulations that only men may participate in the sport.

A young man gets permission from the head of the stable he would like to join, and then asks him to submit the following forms to the Japan Sumo Association (JSA):

1. Parental approval form

2. Familly register

3 .Certificate of health from a doctor

The perspective rikishi must then take the physical test administered by the JSA doctor. If he passes, he is registered as an official rikishi of the JSA. These rikishi are called “new apprentices.”

Here are the 10 things to know before becoming a sumo wrestler shared by Matador Network.

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Wednesday, October 25 2017