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[ 15 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]
Daily News Egypt cover

Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, now known as ”Osunaarashi” (Great Sandstorm) arrived in Japan two years ago after winning sumo competitions in his home country of Egypt. During his time training at the home of sumo, Osunaarashi, has been promoted to the”makuuchi” (elite) division.  With this promotion, he becomes the first sumo wrestler from either the African continent or the Arab region to earn this honor.
The makuuchi division is made up of 42  wrestlers including two grand champions (yokozuna), both of whom are Mongolians. …

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[ 8 Nov 2013 | 4 Comments ]
Yasuhiro Murotatsu in match

Within the past year, wrestling has become a terrific catalyst for diplomacy.  It was wonderful to see the US, Russia, and Iran meeting together on the wrestling mat in New York City this past May during the “Rumble on the Rails.”  The positive press that accompanied the event was tremendous for the sport of wrestling and the concept of peace-through-sports.
On the heels of ROTRs and the unity of the global wrestling community forged within the months between the IOC’s decision …

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[ 17 May 2011 | No Comment ]
Asashoryu-L.A.-8-Jun-08-web

Here’s the sumo trivia you’ve been waiting to read: Who is the greatest Yokozuna in modern sumo history and from what country does he hail?
Dolgorsürengiin Dagvadorj, a Mongolian by birth, has been nothing if not controversial during his sumo career in Japan. The Yokozuna’s sometimes outlandish behavior made him an international celebrity, but also put him in the cross-hairs of the Japanese media. Some of the tension felt with Dagvadorj – who is widely known by his Japanese name Asahoryu …