Sumo wrestlers in Japan banned from growing “indecent” beards

Sumo wrestlers in Japan have been banned from growing “indecent” beards. There is new rule on grooming and appearance.

Officials have introduced the crackdown:

“The sumo ring is sacred and it’s important spectators don’t see anything unsightly,” Japan Sumo Association (JSA) elder Oguruma said.

“The dohyo ring is sacred. I want the people to feel good when they watch the sport,” he added.

“It’s an important point so we must absolutely adhere to it,” said grand champion Kakuryu.

Sumo officials have called beards “indecent”, reports BBC. The sports image should be “cleaned up”, following a series of scandals in recent years.

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