Sumo wrestlers no longer allowed grow beard for "good luck"
Japan Times -- Feb 27
Sumo's governing body told wrestlers Tuesday they are no longer allowed to grow beards, which some competitors in Japan's ancient sport believe will bring them good luck.

At a meeting in Osaka, Japan Sumo Association elder Oguruma told the wrestlers' association that beards - along with long nails and tattoos - are not allowed in the sport.

"The dohyo ring is sacred. I want (the people) to feel good when they watch the sport," Oguruma told reporters after the meeting.

Some wrestlers in the past have avoided shaving during competitions in the superstitious belief it will bring them good luck.

News source: Japan Times
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