Japan: Women in Sumo

Oct 3, 2023 | Lifestyle, People, Videos

The traditional Japanese sport of sumo wrestling has been a source of joy and purpose for Sakura, but due to the fact that female sumo wrestlers are not officially recognised by the Japan Sumo Association, her dreams of becoming a professional have been dashed. This could be about to change, however, as sumo wresting is being considered for inclusion in the Olympics.

In order to become an Olympic sport, sumo must adhere to the Olympic Charter which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. To help promote this effort and bring awareness to the issue, documentary filmmaker Matt Kay has made a film about Sakura’s journey, titled “Sakura Dreams: The Fight for Female Sumo”.

The documentary follows Sakura as she navigates through a male-dominated sport and calls attention to the need for more visibility and representation of female sumo wrestlers in Japan. It highlights how female athletes can promote change and encourages viewers to challenge traditional gender roles and make their voice heard.

Kay hopes that his film will inspire viewers around the world to join in the fight for Sakura’s dream. He believes it is important that not only men support female athletes seeking equality but also fellow women who can relate to her story in some way or another—to create a path towards a better future.

We invite you to join us in watching this inspiring documentary and stand with us as we continue our fight for women’s rights in sports. Let’s rally together behind Sakura’s dreams and show our support by tuning into her story!

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