Sumo Wrestling

This passage describes the Japanese sport of Sumo, which is a kind of wrestling.

Lexile Level: 710L

Categories: Sports & Health


The national sport of Japan is Sumo. Sumo is a kind of wrestling. Sumo is a very old sport. It started as a way to entertain the gods of the ancient Japanese people. The sport is full of many wrestling rituals. The fighter who touches the floor first with anything other than the soles of his feet, or the fighter who is first to leave the ring, loses. Fights only last a few seconds. A minute would be a very long fight. The wrestlers are almost all male and are between twenty to thirty-five years of age. They live together in stables of wrestlers. These young men are known for their distinctive costumes and their hairstyles. Most importantly, the sport is known for the good sportsmanship of its athletes. Sumo is a dignified sport of ancient times.


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