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Gigantic Sport for (Not So) Small Kids: Elementary School Sumo

Thursday, October 18, 2007 Posted: 10:36 AM JST

Sumo wrestling is famous for its enormous athletes. They don't just materialize out of nothing. Most of them have been carefully trained since childhood.

Hardly known outside Japan is that there are countless clubs for children's sumo with kids competing in local and national competitions. Competitors and their parents are as enthusiastic --and sometimes downright fanatic-- as at any soccer or baseball match for kids in the West.

This video clip shows an exciting match between kids of elementary school age at a local sumo competition.

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