When you think of sports players, you imagine a person with a lean and athletic๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚ body. But have you heard of a person weighing 150kg play any sport? Letโ€™s find out.
Sumo Wrestlers have been pushing each other around since pre-historic times – when sumo matches were held as rituals to pray for a good harvest.๐ŸŒฑ
Wrestlers are known as Rikishi, the circleโญ• in which the match takes place is the Dohyo and the 15-day competition itself is known as the Basho.
In sumo, the Rikishi can not touch the fighting ground with any body part except for the sole of their feet.๐Ÿฆถ
A match ends when one of the wrestlers is either thrown out of the ring or if any part of his body apart from the soles of his feet touches the ground.
The Yokozuna is the highest ranking in sumo. Rikishi is promoted or demoted through the ranks depending on their performance at the official tournaments.๐Ÿ‘
Fun Facts
๐Ÿ‘‰ Sumo wrestling is the national game of Japan.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Today there are only 70 Sumo wrestlers who are able to make a living in this sport.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
๐Ÿ‘‰ Before starting the match, both the wrestlers throw salt in the air in order to purify the Dohyo as part of the ritual.๐Ÿ™
๐Ÿ‘‰ The loincloth worn by the Rikishi is around 9 meters long and 0.6 meters wide.

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