Egypt Slowly Rising In Sumo World

Two Egyptians took home gold at the US Sumo Open. Six Egyptians competed in the Japan World Championships. Oh, and the country is bidding to host the first Sumo World Championships in the Middle East.

Egyptian Ramy Elgazar claimed the 15th annual US Sumo Open title, striking the eight-time defending heavyweight gold medalist Byambajar ‘Byamba’ Ulambayar. It was the second time Elgazar captured gold in the middleweight division of the US Open.

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Although Sumo matches are very rare in Egypt, the nation’s recent success qualifies it for the right to request the International Sumo Federation (ISF) to allow the North African Arab country to host the 2018 championships for the first time ever in the region.