[sumo] Bulgaria news from last week

Angie sumolady at swbell.net
Tue Feb 14 10:41:27 EST 2006


I am very surprised by this!

Angie in Texas, US


--- Doreen Simmons
<JZ8D-SMMN at asahi-net.or.jp> wrote:

> Forwarded by Doreen
> 
> 1. The Government of Japan has decided to give a
> grassroots cultural grant aid 
> of about 59,000 dollars (about 6.3 million yen) in
> total to 
> the Bulgarian Sumo Federation, to supply Sumo
> equipment (dohyo rings, mawashi belts, 
> tatami mats, video cameras, etc.).
>  
> Mr. Koichiro Fukui, Japanese Ambassador to Bulgaria,
> and Ms. Liliana Kaneva, 
> Exective Director of the Bulgarian Sumo Federation,
> conducted a ceremony 
> of signing the donation agreement on January 26
> (Thu), and on February 8 (Wed), 
> Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan,
> ceremonially presented the 
> donation list to Ozeki Koto-oshu, an honorary member
> of the Bulgarian Sumo Federation.  
> 
> 2. The Bulgarian Sumo Federation was established in
> 1995 to introduce and spread Sumo 
> in Bulgaria and has now 27 branches with a total of
> 512 members. So far, Sumo tournaments 
> have been held 11 times in Bulgaria. 
> In the European and World Sumo Championships,
> Bulgaria has produced champions and prizewinners 
> including Ozeki Koto-oshu. Through the work of the
> Federation, Sumo was accepted 
> as a subject in the Bulgarian National Sports
> Academy in 1997, and about 30 students are in
> training now.
> 
> 
> 
> Doreen Simmons
> jz8d-smmn at asahi-net.or.jp
> 
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