The Sport of Sumo has been an international sport of both competitors andaudiences around the world for the past 17 years and continuing to grow.
Based on its venerable spirit as the professional sumo, the rules of amateurSumo are the same. Its rules are simple, it is a fair sport Sumo and it is asport participated and enjoyed by people from every walk of life. Sumois often mistaken to be a sport restricted only to big and fat people,which is untrue.
High energy levels and mental strength are required andso development is made through diligent training ? to build up fitnessof the body and cultivate the mind.
Amateur Sumo also provides participantswith an opportunity to nurture speed, adroitness, agility, and is diversifiedinto various weight categories, which has encouraged interest amongst manypeople of all sizes and different nationalities.
Hence the sport of Sumois truly a worldwide-international sport. Since 1992, when the IFS establishedits headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, the sport of Sumo has enjoyed internationalparticipation and currently has 87established National sumo Federation.
The IFS fully endorses the IOC’s Anti-Doping code and has adopted the newWADA anti-Doping regulations. The national federations and wrestlers arenotified regularly about the prohibited list and other important anti-dopinginformation, and the IFS carries out vigorous anti-doping checks at allmajor championships.
We continue to promote sumo by holding internationaltraining sessions and demonstrations both in Japan and abroad.
Our Women& Sports Commission is working hard to promote the sport for womenand it was a great privilege for Women Sumo to be included in the 2005Duisburg World Games and the 1st Junior Women Sumo World Championship washeld in Rakvere, Estonia.
We are continuing to see an increase in the numberof female athletes participating in Sumo, as well as at all levels of theorganization, including the executive board and referee.
Lastly, I wouldlike to express my deep gratitude to all national member federations bothofficials and athletes who support and endeavor to promote sumo in yourcountry.
I wish the strongest wrestlers will be increasing numerous inmany countries and regions.
It is my pleasure to serve as the new Secretary General of theInternational Sumo Federation.
I wish to work with all sumo fans from around the world to promotethe traditional Japanese sport of Sumo to an international sportfor everyone around the globe to enjoy.
Additionally, I shall work for IFS to become a stable and strongorganization so that it will join the Olympic Games as an officialsport in the near future. Thank you for your cooperation and support.