Going Bananas over a soft kind of sumo

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 August, 1993, 12:00am

THERE will be fighting on the dance floor at Joe Bananas later this month - and the management has given its full approval.

The arrival of two large packages from England this week has meant sumo wrestling will be held at the Wan Chai bar every Sunday afternoon, starting from the 22nd.

''But this is sumo with a big difference,'' promised general manager Billy Dock.

The mystery parcels contained huge padded sumo suits - one size fits all - into which the wrestlers are zipped before the bout begins.

''It's pretty funny to watch,'' Billy said. ''They bounce off each other and are so well padded they couldn't possibly get hurt.

''The hardest thing is learning to get up once you are down. The best technique is to roll over on to your tummy, then ask someone to help you up.'' The wrestling will be open to all-comers, and unlike the original version, weight and height are not necessarily an advantage in ''Soft Sumo''.

As Billy said, the suits act as an equaliser, giving everyone a chance to enjoy themselves.

''This is just the start. If the sumo wrestling takes off, then we'll bring in some bounce boxing matches and bungee bar-jumping events.''