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Monday 27, Apr 2009

  New Policy Soon to Determine Drug Users in Japanese Sumo

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New Policy Soon to Determine Drug Users in Japanese SumoThe world of sumo wrestling is now being bombarded by several drug-related scandals. This was due to a previous issue involving a Japanese wrestler who was sentenced to a 10-month imprisonment after being caught with an approximate amount of six grams of marijuana.

Japanese anti-doping officers conducted random tests among 100 wrestlers and officials to determine who is using recreational drugs including marijuana. Collecting urine samples is not a common practice in sumo wrestling but veteran sumo Kyokutenho has showed his support over this new policy.

This effort; however does not only concentrate on determining marijuana residue since it will soon be used to check steroid metabolites among sumo wrestlers and officials.

According to Mr. Musashigawa of the Japan Sumo Association, everyone will be obliged to submit urine sample. He also said that this new policy will continue, and nobody will be spared. Those who underwent urine test were grateful to have the new regulation so they can prove the public that Japanese sumo wrestling is clean.

Tuesday 03, Mar 2009


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steroid-use-in-sumo-wrestlingIn a country that takes pride in every single detail that they do, the assault to one of its most revered sports‘ reputation is cause for panic. Having just recently been accused of fixed games, tax evasions, sex scandals, illegal gambling and consorting with the Yakuza (among other things), the Japanese are frantic to salvage whatever they can in response to the latest threat to Sumo wrestlers.

Performance enhancing drugs or steroids. Such drugs are unacceptable to the Japanese, especially when there’s a game. Not fair at all. In light of recent events (and accusations) it’s no wonder that less and less Japanese boys are eager to live their lives Sumo wrestling. Only one kid applied the previous year to join the Sumo world. At this rate, 2000 years of tradition is well on its way to extinction. And the Japanese can’t have that.

Money always fixes the problem. The lack of it will definitely set things straight. To explain, JSA has declared that Sumo wrestlers caught red-handed using any kind of performance enhancing drug will be stripped away of their retirement pay. Or a very large cut to their pay. And if they still don’t give a fig about their money or pension (which is really, very rare in Japan) then let’s hope the police will set them straight. The fun part is that they won’t even see it coming. Drug tests will be done announced so when you’re caught.

Hopefully just these two rules will be enough to fix this latest problem faced by the Sumo. It would be a shame to see this long-standing tradition fade away because of a couple of drugs. And shame is something that the Japanese doesn’t handle very well. Neither does the rest of the world, for that matter.