Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Sumo boss sorry for request that female medics leave ring, sick mayor

Sumo boss sorry for request that female medics leave ring, sick mayor

The medics were among a number of people tending to Ryozo Tatami, the 67-year-old mayor of the Kyoto Prefecture city, who collapsed while making a speech Wednesday afternoon.

The head of Japan's sumo association later apologised to the women.

Several women also entered the ring to provide assistance, but were repeatedly told to leave the ring.

Sumo wrestling is facing another scandal as female medics were asked to stop attending to a stricken official because of ancient law banning "impure" women from entering the "sacred" ring. While the woman was doing her job, a judge from Japan Sumo Association was saying over and over on the public-address system, "Please could the women leave the ring".

Women are traditionally barred from entering or touching the sumo ring, known as the dohy?

In this screenshot, first responders try to revive Maizuru mayor Ryozo Tatami, 67, in a sumo ring after he collapsed while making a speech on April. 4, 2018.

"We deeply apologize", Hakkaku added.

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In a statement, the sumo association's chief, who goes by the name Hakkaku, described the announcements as "inappropriate" under the circumstances.

"It was an inappropriate response in a life-threatening situation", Hakkaku said.

In this screenshot, first responders remove Maizuru mayor Ryozo Tatami, 67, from a sumo ring on a stretcher after he collapsed while making a speech on April. 4, 2018.

Miwa said the mayor had been hospitalised and was now in a stable condition.

The footage posted on YouTube was shown on major Japanese networks and other media as the news topped headlines Thursday.

The incident, which was widely reported in Japanese media, has stoked a gender discrimination row and highlighted the role of women in a society that is trying to keep up with the times while clinging to its deeply traditional roots. "Without the women's effort, the life of one person might have been lost".

Eventually some male firefighters arrived with a defibrillator machine and took control of the situation.

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