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Quiz about NonJapanese in Sumo
Quiz about NonJapanese in Sumo

Non-Japanese in Sumo Trivia Quiz


The ancient sport of sumo opened up to the world in the 1980s and '90s as a slow trickle of non-Japanese rikishi turned into a torrent. Hawaiians, Mongolians, Russians, this quiz is about the people that lead sumo's international push.

A multiple-choice quiz by hews. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
hews
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
279,984
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
228
Last 3 plays: Guest 146 (3/10), rahul0 (10/10), Guest 94 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. What was Hawaiian wrestler Chad Rowan better known as? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which Bulgarian sumo wrestler earned the nickname, "Sumo Beckham"? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Who was the first sumo wrestler to weigh in at more than 600 pounds (272.7kg)? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Why was Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu, suspended from the September and November tournaments in 2007? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Who in 2005, became the first European to reach makuuchi (sumo's top division)? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which sumo wrestler's father won a silver medal in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which of the following foreign sumo wrestlers fought at the lowest weight in his top division debut? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In sumo, where was former yokozuna Musashimaru born? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Which country was sumo rikishi Baruto the first top-division wrestler to hail from? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Why have Russian sumo wrestlers Roho and Hakurozan never fought each other in an official bout? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What was Hawaiian wrestler Chad Rowan better known as?

Answer: Akebono

Akebono became the first foreign-born wrestler ever to reach the rank of yokozuna, which is the highest achievable rank in sumo. He achieved this feat during the January basho in 1993, when he secured his third tournament victory. He retired in 2000, having won 11 basho (tournaments).
2. Which Bulgarian sumo wrestler earned the nickname, "Sumo Beckham"?

Answer: Kotooshu

Called "Sumo Beckham" by the Japanese media because of his good looks and popularity with female fans, Kotooshu became the first European to achieve the rank of ozeki (second highest in sumo) in November, 2005. He had been the first wrestler in the history of sumo to rise to this rank in less than 20 tournaments.

The are six divisions in sumo and six tournaments per year. Wrestlers rise and fall within each division based on their performance in each tournament.
3. Who was the first sumo wrestler to weigh in at more than 600 pounds (272.7kg)?

Answer: Konishiki

Konishiki was a controversial figure in his sumo days, as debate raged as to whether he should be promoted to yokozuna, which would have made him the first non-Japanese to achieve this rank. He achieved his peak fighting weight in 1996, when he weighed in the May tournament at 285kg (627lb).

He won three tournaments in all, and became the host of a children's TV show after he retired in 1997.
4. Why was Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu, suspended from the September and November tournaments in 2007?

Answer: He faked an injury and was later filmed playing soccer

Asashoryu became the first international to win 20 tournaments when he finished with a 14-1 record in January, 2007. Such was his dominance in the mid-2000s that between November 2002 and July 2007, he won 20 of the 28 tournaments contested. He was often said to be homesick, and after winning the July 2007 tournament, he claimed to have been injured and sat out a regional tour. Shortly afterwards, he was seen on television playing soccer in a charity match in Mongolia. Believing he had faked his injuries so that he could have a spell at home, he was suspended by the sumo association for two tournaments.
5. Who in 2005, became the first European to reach makuuchi (sumo's top division)?

Answer: Kokkai

Hailing from Georgia, Kokkai rocketed up sumo's lower divisions, winning his first four tournaments without losing a bout. His progress slowed once reaching makuuchi and it took him another 17 tournaments to reach komosubi (sumo's fourth highest rank).

He caused controversy in 2005 after his opponents complained that he using his stubble to gain an advantage in clinches. He was ordered by the sumo association to shave more regularly.
6. Which sumo wrestler's father won a silver medal in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games?

Answer: Hakuho's

Hakuho's father, Jigjidiin Mönkhbat, won a sliver medal in men's freestyle wrestling in the middleweight division during the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games. Hakuho became the second Mongolian yokozuna after winning all 15 of his bouts in the May 2007 tournament.
7. Which of the following foreign sumo wrestlers fought at the lowest weight in his top division debut?

Answer: Ama

Ama was just 113kg (249lbs) when he made his top division debut in November 2004.
8. In sumo, where was former yokozuna Musashimaru born?

Answer: Samoa

Musashimaru (born as Fiamalu Penitani) was born on May 2nd, 1971 in Samoa. His family moved to Hawaiii when he was ten years old and he became interested in wrestling, first in greco-roman and later in sumo. He won promotion to yokozuna after winning the May 1999 tournament (the second non-Japanese to do so) and won eleven tournaments in all.
9. Which country was sumo rikishi Baruto the first top-division wrestler to hail from?

Answer: Estonia

Baruto won promotion to the makuuchi division after his strong showing in juryo (sumo's second highest division) in the March 2006 tournament.
10. Why have Russian sumo wrestlers Roho and Hakurozan never fought each other in an official bout?

Answer: They are brothers

According to sumo custom, brothers cannot be compelled to fight each other in scheduled bouts. Nor can wrestlers who fight in the same stable. As Roho (Otake) and Hakurozan (Kitanoumi) were taken up by different stables, it is highly likely that they would have met on the dohyo had it not been for the rule regarding brothers.
Source: Author hews

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