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The International Sumo Federation has named the qualifiers for the 2022 World Games which will take place in the USA in July. The mens heavyweight division includes both 2020 & 2021 Amateur Yokozuna (Hidetora Hanada / Daiki Nakamura)
 

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Congrats to those on this forum who made it through, look forward to seeing some pics!

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So there are no continental federation selections from Oceania in the women's divisions, but there's an IFS-selected replacement from Australia in women's lightweight? A bit puzzling at first glance.

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Woo-Hoo!!!  Finally I can get to see live sumo again.  Never been a follower of amasumo, but since Birmingham is only a two-hour drive, I'll take what I can get!

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Updated list of qualifiers for the 2022 World Games in Alabama, USA this summer following the removal of Russia & Belarus from the competition.

 

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2022 World Games entrant and football hopeful Hidetora Hanada won a national collegiate tournament in Usa, beating Toyo's Odofu in the final.

Nittaidai teammate, defending amateur yokozuna, and fellow WG entrant Daiki Nakamura was supposed to have competed in the tournament according to the Nittaidai blog, but he didn't appear for the individual tournament and I can't see his name in the team results either.

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Alabama’s lone sumo wrestler training for World Games

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Hidetora Hanada should be in Alabama but is also still training for football. He's been a participant at Obic Segulls' practices - though as a college student he can't actually join the team.

 

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Picking up football doesn't seem to have hurt his sumo so far.....I think he's lost just 1 match all season? Definitely the #1 in college sumo with Daiki Nakamura out at the moment. As a sumo fan I do wish he'd go straight to ozumo rather than playing football, but it is an interesting path he's chosen. I just wonder how long he sticks it out if he can't get a contract and is playing unpaid....

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3 hours ago, Katooshu said:

 I just wonder how long he sticks it out if he can't get a contract and is playing unpaid....

He isn't playing at all, just training. He won't be able to join an XLeague team or tryout for the CFL / NFL until he graduates. 

He could play football for his college - NSSU are a tier two team in Kanto - but he doesn't seem interested in that and is going straight to a higher level of practice.

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What is behind the visa situation? Politics or health?

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8 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

What is behind the visa situation? Politics or health?

Hard to see it being the latter...

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I wonder if it's a specific sumo issue or one affecting other World Games sports as well. Skimming the regulations of the relevant visa classification, I'd say that a narrow reading of the requirements would cause most athletes in purely amateur sports to fail.

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Is there any foreign participant that we should be keeing an eye on for the World Games?

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