SPORTS – 8

May 14
Women are banned from entering the ring in professional sumo, but the rule doesn’t apply to a town in northern Japan that holds a women-only sumo event. (NHK)

May 14
Yokozuna Hakuho didn’t look rusty, even taking time to coax his opponent to attack on Sunday’s opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan. (the-japan-news.com)

May 12
The golf venue for the Tokyo 2020 Games has granted the first full memberships in nearly four decades to women after lifting a ban under pressure from the International Olympic Committee.
(Japan Times)

May 12
Japanese all-male pop group Tokio will remain as special ambassadors to promote the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games despite the departure of one member for forcibly kissing a high school girl at his home in February, Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said Friday. (Japan Today)

May 11
The Japanese city of Sapporo may aim to become the host city of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2030 rather than the 2026 Games. (NHK)

May 09
Tuesday marked the 500-day mark before the opening of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as scandals continue to plague the preparations for the tournament. (Japan Times)

May 05
Japanese Major League baseball player Ichiro Suzuki says he will take his new role at the Seattle Mariners with pleasure if that is what the team wants him to do.
(NHK)

May 04
People in northern Japan have unveiled an Akita puppy, which will be sent to Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova as a gift. (NHK)

May 02
Formula One team Red Bull has begun talks with Honda to become its engine supplier for next season. (Japan Times)

Apr 29
The Japan Sumo Association says it will conduct a survey to examine the tradition of keeping women out of the professional sumo ring. (NHK)