Sumo Association of Japan To Consider Opinions on Female Ban

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The Sumo Association of Japan says that it will consider outside opinions that are coming from the public and experts regarding its much-criticized policy of the ban of women from entering the sumo ring.

On Saturday, Kyodo News agency reported that the association organised an extraordinary meeting of its board. However, it did not come up with a final decision over the ban on women. Nevertheless, it clarified that women can enter the sumo ring at times of an “emergency” as an exception.

The said association was criticised in early April when it asked female first responders to go out of the ring as they tried to revive an official who collapsed during an event in that was held in northern Kyoto.

The mayor of the city of Maizuru who was 67 years old collapsed while he was delivering a ring-top speech, and two women, who are presumably medical experts, rushed in and began performing first aid. However, a sumo official commanded that the women get out of the ring when two more women entered the ring attempting to join the effort to revive the mayor.

The mayor, who is a man, was then taken to a hospital. He survived what was diagnosed to be a stroke.