[sumo] New Tegata ban implemented

Mark Buckton markbuckton1970 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 1 00:53:28 EDT 2013

would have been far more realistic with comments explaining how Asashoryu
was somehow a victim of the kyokai using this 'science' against him.

On 1 April 2013 13:35, Scott M. Kahn <smk1 at columbia.edu> wrote:

> Seems like the Kyokai has its priorities in place...
> Kyodo (Tokyo) 01-04-13-  A recently completed study on athlete
> performance, to be published in the upcoming May issue of the Japanese
> Journal of Human Genetics, has led the Nihon Sumo Kyokai to announce an end
> to the offering of all original Tegata, or signed handprints, by current
> sumo wrestlers.  This follows a report by scientists from the RIKEN
> Integrated Genome Informatics Research Unit in Yokohama on the
> identification of variations within three distinct genes that associate
> with increased stamina in professional athletes.
> Using banked blood samples from over 1200 Japanese athletes, including 46
> former top ranked sumo wrestlers, scientists discovered novel copy number
> variants within the Acute phase response-2 (Apr2), Interleukin-17 (IL-17),
> and Fast obesity-linked oxidizing inhibitor-1 (FOO-1) genes.  Athletes with
> these three variants were found to possess quick and sustained energy
> release by smooth muscle tissue.
> Sumo officials acted quickly following today?s online publication to head
> off the possibility that such information could be used by gamblers to
> illegally predict the outcomes of matches.  Given that genetic information
> can easily be garnered and analyzed from the small numbers of skin cells
> that are carried over to all original Tegata prints, officials decided to
> take no chances that the genetic APR//IL//FOO-1 biomarker status of current
> sumo wrestlers will become publicly available.
> Print versions of Tegata will continue to be sold at all tournaments.
> OnlineFirst version:  ?http://www.researchgate.net/**
> journal/0021-5074_The_**Japanese_Journal_of_Human_**Genetics<http://www.researchgate.net/journal/0021-5074_The_Japanese_Journal_of_Human_Genetics>
> ?
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