Dozens of past and current national and world champions from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Norway, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Mongolia, and Japan are signed up to compete.
Last year’s heroes are returning. From 2007-2014, Byamba (the four-time world sumo champion) won U.S. Sumo Open gold — eight years in a row. However, in 2015, he was upset in both heavyweight and openweight, settling for silver and bronze. Watch for Byamba to return with a vengeance, to claim greatness again.
Egyptian behemoth Ramy Elgazar grabbed the heavyweight gold, with a shocking victory over Byamba. Can he do it again?
The biggest history was made by Roy Sims. Winning openweight gold, he became the first American ever to get a gold medal in heavyweight or openweight. In 15 years, there were 30 gold medals in those divisions, but all went to foreigners, until the 30th attempt, as Sims achieved seemingly impossible success.
The openweight class here showcases real sumo skill, with 150-pounders facing 500-pound opponents. You’ll see that it takes more than size alone to win.
The U.S. Sumo Open will be held for the third year in a row at the Walter Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach, a dynamic venue with great views from all angles, and the largest big screen in all of college sports, nationwide, so you’ll catch instant replays and sumo videos throughout the tournament.
Preliminary rounds (90 matches from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; main event (60 matches) from 1 to 3 p.m.
If you are a hard-core fan, stay all day. For everyone else, show up by 1 p.m. so that you can catch the final rounds and the best matches of the day.
Bring your appetite so that you can enjoy Japanese cuisine from Shin Sen Gumi, as well as Sapporo Beer and Hakutsuru Sake.
Tickets start at $25; discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Parking is $5 per vehicle for the entire day. Call the box office at (562) 985-4949 or go to http://usasumo.com.