Sumo wrestlers’ exhibition performance held in Astana for first time

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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - The exhibition performance of sumo wrestlers has taken place in the the capital of Kazakhstan for the first time ever.

According to Wikipedia, the sport was originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. Professional sumo can trace its roots back to the Edo period in Japan as a form of sporting entertainment. The original wrestlers were probably samurai, often rōnin, who needed to find an alternative form of income. Current professional sumo tournaments began in the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine in 1684, and then were held in the Ekō-in in the Edo period. Western Japan also had its own sumo venues and tournaments in this period with by far the most prominent center being in Osaka. The purpose of the event is to popularize the sport in Kazakhstan. The sumo art was shown by two Japanese wrestlers Mieda Kotaro and Sakai Eyuki, later joined by Kazakhstani Suyenish Hudibayev, a native of Aktau. He weighs 143 kg. For ten years he had been professionally performing in Japan under the name of Kazafudzan. The organizers of the event are the Embassy of Japan in Kazakhstan, Sumo Federation of Japan with the support of the Committee for Sports and Physical Culture under the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, Astana city administration and "Kazakhstan Barysy" Federation.

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