The Japan Sumo Association has issued some of its wrestlers with iPads because their wobbly sausage-fingers are too fat to use a mobile phone. The Association is distributing 60 such devices among its training stables to improve communication.
Sumo has recently been rocked by scandals over wrestlers’ links with yakuza and illegal gambling, match-fixing, and bullying and abuse of young Sumo apprentices.
To keep themselves fat, Sumo gobble up giant bowls of the protein-rich stew chanko nabi, with rice and beer to sneak in extra calories. The life expectancy of Sumo is about 10 years below the Japanese average.
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