Oana Dolha, a 28-year-old athlete with a MApN degree, won the gold medal at the National Sumo Championships, a competition organized by the Romanian Quimpo Federation.
Athletes who participated in the under 50 and 60 kilogram category met at the competition, while their “heavyweight” colleagues weighed 95 kilograms.
The competition, hosted by the Apollo Hall in Bucharest, started with the participation of more than 500 athletes from 35 clubs in the country.
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“We think sumo is a giant of 140 and 180 kilograms, but it is not so, at the amateur level there are weight classes. It is a great sport, one that will have an audience at some point,” said Amato Zacharia, president of the Romanian Quimpo Federation.
This year’s champion in the 60kg category finished third last year.
Oana is 28 years old and a NCO in the Romanian Army in Baia Mare. Her match lasted only 6 seconds.
“We simply learned it at the time. I blinked twice and it was over. Training lasts longer than a match. It may seem easy, but it is not,” admits Oana Dulha, national sumo champion, in the 60kg class.
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Alina Corbeanu, the under 50 kg gold medalist, has been practicing contact sports since the age of seven and this was her first participation in a National Sumo Championship.
“I’ve been doing judo, kimpo, and mixed martial arts for 13 years. I think I’ve done really well in sumo. I know I’m weak, but I’m full of muscle. In this sport, strength is not the Which interests me a lot, but the technique I play is from other contact sports that I do.”
Alina admits that girls do not look at her kindly when she finds out what sports she does, and boys run away from her.
Alina Corpiano, National Champion of Sumocategory less than 50 kg.
The boys’ match lasted 5 seconds
In the men’s category, in addition to 95 kilograms, Alexandru Kotura won the second year in a row.
“I fought in 3 matches until I won the champion title, under 6 seconds each, and not even the cutter broke,” said Alexandru Kotura, the national sumo champion in the 95kg category.
Alex has been practicing MMA, K1 and Greco-Roman wrestling for many years and says so If he participates in the sumo tournament in Japanwill be the weakest athlete in terms of kilograms.
“I know it’s not that hard, but I can handle even the greatest athletes. I watch sumo tournaments in Japan, it seems like a nice sport and I want to go and fight abroad too,” Alexandru Kotura, the national sumo champion in the 95 kg class, said.
Jorge Stancio, director of the sumo department at the Romanian Quimbo Federation, is the person who brought the sport to Romania.
“I have loved this sport since I was a child. People think that sumo is only for very old people, but at the amateur level sumo is categorized and it is also aimed at girls and boys,” said Jorge Stancio, director of the sumo department within the Romanian Quimpo Federation.
For those who don’t know: Sumo is an Olympic sport!
Sumo is a competitive form of total contact wrestling, in which the fighter attempts to knock his opponent out of the ring or have him touch the ground with any part of his body other than his feet.
Japanese characters named Sumo mean “hit each other”. Most people refer to sumo as “that fat sport,” but few know that behind these fighters are years of discipline and strict nutrition.
Sumo has its origins in 16th century Japan, and this form of fighting has its roots in a purification ritual called Shinto. Over time, these fights became more common, and it became one of Japan’s national sports.
The goal of any sumo wrestler is to one day reach Yokozuna, which is the ultimate title one can get in the sport.
“Sumo is a highly respected sport all over the world, and it is certainly recognized by the International Olympic Committee, it is an Olympic sport. Our union through the sumo department is also an Olympic federation”, concludes Amato Zacharia, President of the Romanian Quimpo Federation.