INTERNATIONAL SUMO FEDERATION
Sumo is often thought to be typically Japanese but similar forms of competition are found in countries of the former Soviet Union and in North and South Korea.
Sumo traces its origins back to ancient times in which references can be found in the historical chronicles of countries such as China and India and in the wall paintings of ancient Greece. According to historians, the highest accolades of the ancient Olympiads were reserved for the winners of a contest similar to sumo. Sumo would thus appear to have been a well-loved sport throughout Japan as a dedicatory form of Shinto ritual and in so doing achieved its full expression as an event closely bound up with the national spirit of Japan.
With the International Sumo Federation’s continuing efforts to generate further interest in sumo, the sport has come to be known throughout the world and in turn is rapidly gaining a much higher international profile.
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