Some would like greater explanation of basic terms and techniques, while others think there is already too much handholding of the audience and would prefer more in-depth analysis. The same goes for the type of commentary, with fans either wanting more western-style uptempo banter or else pared-back minimalist talk. Amateur sumo has no pretensions of becoming a lifestyle in the way that professional sumo is. The former is simply a sport and nothing more. First of all, in terms of the in-ring action, amateur sumo is often as exciting as the professional version, and often more so — particularly in the lightweight divisions where skill and speed are paramount. More than half of the current top division competed in high-level amateur sumo tournaments, with 40 percent finishing university before turning pro.
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Amateur sumo lacks flair, but worthy of fans' attention
JARL was founded in by Japanese radio communication enthusiasts whose stated aim was to promote the development and utilization of radio wave technology as a medium. JARL says its current membership comprises the largest number of radio stations in the world, and credits its growth to "the devoted efforts of pioneering hams, who took the history of amateur radio to heart and guided it through the changing and challenging winds of technology and radio regulations". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Japan Amateur Radio League.
The answer, of course, is that all three joined professional sumo after success in the amateur ranks. The first two won medals at the Junior World Championships, with Takakeisho taking openweight gold in , and Tochinoshin being part of a famous podium with future rikishi Goeido, Kaisei and Masuto. Mitakeumi for his part had so much success at the collegiate level in Japan as a senior he was both university and amateur yokozuna that the Nagano native earned the right to start his pro career at the rank of makushita ten.