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Sport in Japan

Marathon offers a challenge to develop community spirit

This year's Hong Kong Marathon attracted 72,000 participants. Photo: David Wong

In 1997, the first Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon had 1,000 runners on a route to Shenzhen to mark the handover. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. This year's, in February, attracted 72,000 participants, with over 14,000 doing the full marathon.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 3:02am

Lord Kanaloa 'is the strongest sprinter in the world'

Lord Kanaloa wins the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Top Japanese jockey Yasunari Iwata, perhaps unintentionally, threw out a snub to Australia's Black Caviar after Lord Kanaloa took the HK$16.2 million Group One Takamatsunomiya Kinen as expected at Chukyo racecourse in Nagoya.

25 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

A not-so-weighty issue

Say 'sumo', and most people imagine huge, topless Japanese giants with cloth wrapped around their waists. This is an accurate description of a professional sumo wrestler in Japan, where athletes must keep gaining weight to stay strong. But for most locals who practise sumo as a sport, things are very different.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

I can't imagine there would be a stampede to a Tom Selleck film festival. Movies like Quigley Down Under, Runaway and Her Alibi have helped to cement Selleck's reputation as a wonderful TV actor. However, the mustachioed Magnum PI star does deserve credit for helping to perfectly articulate modern Japanese culture in one of the better East meets West movies.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am



Sumo is a Japanese sport. It's a kind of wrestling. But it is very different from western-style wrestling.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Wrestling with tradition

Wherever 22-year-old Wakamifuji goes, he gets noticed.

His bulky body and tidy topknot give him away immediately - he's one of the few young sumo wrestlers in Japan.

'I never thought about being a sumo when I was young,' said Wakamifuji. 'But when I was 15, a sumo master came to my house to visit me. He persuaded me to follow him and take up sumo wrestle.'

10 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Asashoryu to answer allegations of fixing

Mongolian-born grand champion Asashoryu has been summoned to appear before a panel of the Japan Sumo Association to explain media reports claiming he has been arranging for bouts to be thrown.

Asashoryu won his 20th career title at the New Year Grand Tournament this month in typically resounding fashion, losing only one of his bouts.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Gateball takes over where croquet left off

Lawn bowls and cricket are just two of the British sports that have taken root in the city. A more unusual pursuit associated with the colonial era has also found a home here via a transformation in Japan: gateball.

13 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Emotional save for bereaved Hiratsuka

Tetsuji Hiratsuka willed the ball into the hole and then grabbed his heart. Relief washed over him and then sadness.

Early on Wednesday morning he watched his father lose a long-running battle with cancer, but his last words were: 'If something happens to me, you still have to play.'

16 Apr 2005 - 12:00am


Dawn is still an hour away, and the brown clay of the training area is dull and matte under the stark lights. The air carries the characteristic tang of sweat, musty earth and sweet hair pomade.

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Musashimaru is just 'wild' about muscling his way to the top again

When a frustrated 237kg man-mountain declares that he is 'going to go wild' and will muscle his way back to the top, opponents know that pain is very definitely on the way.

6 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Musashimaru 100kg heavier than rival

American-born man-mountain Musashimaru finds himself on the wrong side of the ring for the May Grand Sumo Tournament, which opens in Tokyo this afternoon. The 32-year-old will be trying for his 13th career championship, but has been ranked as the 'West' yokozuna for the first time in 11 tournaments.

11 May 2003 - 12:00am


BIG GUNS ARE COMING: Hong Kong national team members Choi Mo-fung and Kwong Ying-cheong stage a demonstration bout at a press conference announcing that Hong Kong will host four major sumo wrestling events at the Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kowloon Bay over the next two years.

22 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Dress campaign winners collect prizes

A former director of education won the Outstanding Fundraiser Award and a round- trip air-ticket for two to Japan in the Dress Sporty Day campaign.

Helen Yu Lai Ching-ping, head of the Taskforce on Building Safety and Preventive Maintenance, Planning and Lands Bureau, was honoured with the Outstanding Fundraiser Award at a ceremony held at the Sports Institute.

26 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Wakanohana in first defeat

Tokyo: Wakanohana suffered his first defeat of the year yesterday, while his closest rival Chiyotaikai took another victory on the 13th day of the the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

With two days left to compete, yokozuna (grand champion) Wakanohana is now just one win ahead of sekiwake (junior champion) Chiyotaikai. Wakanohana stands at 12-1 and Chiyotaikai 11-2.

23 Jan 1999 - 12:00am