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Sumo Comes to Vegas!

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 25th January 2005 7:58pm
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The Japan Sumo Association announced Tuesday that it will stage a three-day tour of Las Vegas in October, giving tourists in the gambling Mecca another outlet for their entertainment dollar.

"It's a privilege to present this aspect of Japan's culture to the people of the world in Las Vegas," said Japan Sumo Association chairman Toshimitsu Kitanoumi. "We are confident that Grand Sumo Las Vegas will meet the expectations of fans in the United States."
The tour will take place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino from Oct. 7-9 and will mark the first time in 20 years that Japan's ancient sport has staged an event in the United States.

Sumo held a tournament at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1985. The Las Vegas tour will be held in commemoration of the city's 100th anniversary.

Sumo, which has a 1,500-year history, regularly stages overseas tours and most recently held an event in China in June.

The Las Vegas tour will feature most of the sport's top wrestlers, including Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu, who just won his 10th Emperor's Cup at the recently-completed New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

"The three-day sumo event will be the most prestigious event ever held at Mandalay Bay," said Glen Medas, vice-president of entertainment at Mandalay Bay.



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