February 5, 2020 at 07:40 JST
Sumo grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia performs his ring entry form at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Jan. 9, 2018. (AP file photo)
The world's top sumo wrestlers will hold a tournament in August to support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympics and showcase their sport to a global audience, the wrestlers and the Japanese Sumo Association (JSA) said on Tuesday.
The sumo tournament will be on Aug. 12-13, just days after the end of the Olympics and before the Paralympics begin on Aug. 25.
The two current Grand Sumo Champions--yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho--attended Tuesday's news conference to throw their considerable weight behind the Tokyo Olympics, which begin on July 24.
"We will try our best to introduce sumo to the global audience and show 'omotenashi' hospitality to them," said Kakuryu, who was born in Mongolia, referring to Japan's traditional approach to hospitality.
Sumo wrestlers use only one name.
The JSA is the Games and their tournament will win new fans for sumo from all over the world who have never seen Japan's traditional wrestling.
The sumo tournament will be held at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena--the same venue where U.S. President Donald Trump awarded a special trophy last year.
"I am confident that not only domestic sumo fans, but also many foreigners visiting Japan can enjoy the goodness of sumo and Japanese tradition," said the vice president of Tokyo 2020, Toshiaki Endo.
Sumo wrestling has never featured at the Olympics although the Tokyo-based International Sumo Federation aims to get it included one day.
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