Following an incident where two female first responders were asked to leave the ring in an attempt to revive a collapse official, the head of the Japan Sumo Association has apologized.
Tradition stepped in the way of safety this week as the mayor of Maizuru in northern Kyoto collapse during a speech, and two women with medical experience looked to provide first aid, but were prohibited from entering.
When two more women rose to the ring, repeated announcements demanded the women get out.
Footage posted on social media triggered outrage, with many criticizing sumo officials and saying they were choosing tradition over life.
Sumo chief Nobuyoshi Hakkaku called the announcement inappropriate and apologized