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Tokyo (Japan) (AFP) – Japan’s sumo association came under fire for sexism again on Thursday after requesting girls be prevented from participating in events showcasing the traditional sport.
Sumo has been in the headlines in recent weeks after women providing medical assistance were asked to leave a sumo ring, and a female politician was barred from giving a speech from the ring.
Past - Girls - Boys - Ring - Grapple
In the past, girls and boys have both been allowed to get in the ring and grapple with the sport’s famously hefty stars at the outreach events.
But an official told AFP that the Japan Sumo Association last week requested girls be barred from participating in a programme for children in Shizuoka prefecture, part of an event designed to showcase the sport to local fans.
Event - Sunday
The event was held Sunday.
“It is out of safety concerns,” a spokeswoman for sumo’s governing body told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Safety - Boys - Association - Difference - Effect
She said the safety of boys was just as important, but that the association felt there was a “difference” between the effect that possible scars and injuries could have on girls, compared to boys.
“You must understand the nuances,” she said.
Decision - Time
“This was not an abrupt decision. For a long time, we...
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