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Japan Sumo Association to consider opinions on female ban

In this file photo, female sumo wrestlers Shiori Kanehira (R) and Sayaka Matsuo (C) attend a a training session at Nihon University's sumo club in Tokyo. The proportion of female sumo wrestlers remains small -- there are almost 300 boys taking part in the sport for every girl in Japan's elementary schools, according to the Japan Sumo Federation.   | Photo Credit: AFP

The Japan Sumo Association says it will consider outside opinions from experts and the public over its much criticized policy of banning women from entering the sumo ring.

The association held an extraordinary meeting of its board on Saturday. It did not reach a decision regarding the ban on women but did clarify that women can enter the ring in times of an “emergency” as an exception, Kyodo News agency reported.

The association came under fire in early April when it ordered female first responders to leave the ring as they attempted to revive an official who collapsed at an event in northern Kyoto.

This handout picture taken on April 6, 2018 and released by Takarazuka City shows Tomoko Nakagawa (C), the major of the western Japanese city of Takarazuka, delivering a speech outside the sumo ring (R) during a local exhibition in Takarazuka, Hyogo prefecture.

This handout picture taken on April 6, 2018 and released by Takarazuka City shows Tomoko Nakagawa (C), the major of the western Japanese city of Takarazuka, delivering a speech outside the sumo ring (R) during a local exhibition in Takarazuka, Hyogo prefecture.   | Photo Credit: AFP

The 67-year-old mayor of the city of Maizuru collapsed during a ring-top speech, and two women, apparently medical experts, rushed in and started performing first aid. When two more women entered the ring trying to join the effort, a sumo official demanded that the women get out of the ring.

The mayor, a man, was then taken to a hospital and survived what was diagnosed a stroke.

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