03/02/2019, 13.00
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No beard or mustache for sumo champions

During the championships, wrestlers use beard to grow superstition. Long nails and tattoos also forbidden.

 

 

Tokyo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Some new rules introduced by the Japanese Sumo Association oblige players to have no beard and mustache during competitions. During the championships, several players tend to grow a beard or mustache because they believe that this brings them luck. But the Association has decided to override this superstition, demanding "care for their personal hygiene" from the players and a respect for "the sumo ring, which is sacred".

Together with beard and mustache, the wrestlers were forbidden to have long nails and tattoos.

Sumo wrestling has been practised  for 2 thousand years. In recent times its image has been tarnished by some scandals linked to rigged games, or drug use, or bullying outside the ring.

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