Apple iPad is Gadget of Choice

But “time flies if you play with this”, he said of the Apple gadget.The iPad was chosen because  that the sumo association believed the device was big enough to cater to wrestler’s fat fingers, unlike the smaller keys on mobile phones, according to reports.

The sport’s authorities faced loud public criticism for their clumsy efforts to investigate the scandals, in part due to insufficient sharing of information among sumo leaders.

With For apple series mobile phone’s trust, the sumo association has occasionally failed to distribute urgent messages to its officers and stable masters.
“If we place this (iPad) in all the stables, we should be able to contact them anytime,” the association’s spokesman Nishonoseki has said.

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Japanese Sumo Wrestling is one of the oldest martial arts in Japan. Sumo wrestlers were a favorite subject on Japanese woodblock prints. In contrast to some of the traditional Japanese art forms like kabuki, which has a heavy stand in today’s world, sumo wrestling is enjoying a rising popularity – comparable to basketball in North America or soccer in Europe.

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History of Japanese Sumo Wrestling

Sumo has its roots in the shinto religion. The matches were dedicated to the gods in prayers for a good harvest. The oldest written records date back to the 8th century. But it is probably more than 1500 years old.

Sumo prints from the 18th and 19th century prove the popularity of the sport in the past. During the last two decades the art of sumo wrestling could establish itself even outside of Japan. Akebono, an American born in Hawaii, became the first American champion to reach the highest rank.

The Rules of the Game

A sumo wrestling match is accompanied by a lot of traditional ceremony. The marching-in of the wrestlers is a sequence of formal rituals. The wrestlers are accompanied by two assistants – one walking in front and one behind him – the one behind is usually hard to spot.

The referee is clad in a luxurious kimono and wears a strange hat. After performing a series of opening rituals, the contest begins.

The wrestling match is all about pushing or throwing the opponent out of the doyo – the ring – or to bring the other guy down on the floor.

Sumo does not know any weight categories. There are a few basic techniques – from pulling the opponents legs to grabbing his belt and trying to throw or carry the opponent out of the ring.