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Sports Kyuta Kumagai, the 10-year-old sumo champion

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This story has been circulated by numerous foreign news outlets. Interestingly, they seem to have focused on the health aspects of sumo training. :)

Parents may question the wisdom of making their son put on so much weight, but a future star beckons.



Meet Kyuta Kumagai, a 187-pound sumo wrestler and the world champion in the under-10 category. Talent from a young age: When Kumagai was still in kindergarten, his father Taisuke — who is a former amateur sumo wrestler — noticed his son's potential and entered him in a tournament.
  • "There is a talent for sumo and he has that talent," Kumagai's father told Reuters. "He won the tournament. I thought he may have something special.”
  • After Kumagai won the tournament, his father moved their family to Tokyo's Fukagawa area, known for producing sumo wrestlers.
  • The area is also home to the Nominosukune Shrine, where it is believed that the God of Sumo lives. Because of this, the Kumagais have received plenty of local support.
  • Although he is still an elementary school student, Kumagai has already wrestled opponents five to six years older than him, according to Reuters.

Kumagai's training and diet: Kumagai trains for six days every week. His training includes lifting weights, swimming, and track and field.
  • In addition to his extensive training, Kumagai eats between 2,700 to 4,000 calories every day, Gulf News reports.
  • To be taken in by a prestigious sumo stable, Kumagai needs to gain 44 extra pounds before he starts middle school at the age of 12.


 
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