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IS SUMO SEXIST?
Ancient Japanese sport of sumo wrestling is under attack from honorable director of Japan's Women and Minors Bureau, Ms. Mayumi Moriyama. As reported by Tokyo's Mainichi Daily News, 10-year-old Mei Kurihara was barred from the final round of a children's sumo tournament in Tokyo after she had won an elimination round. Mei is a girl. Ms. Moriyama contended that the directors of the Japan Sumo Association barred Mei on the basis of the feudal sumo ethic, which regards women as "impure."
The directors said, "Sumo is a traditional sport, and we don't want to see a woman clad only in a Mawashi loincloth enter the ring before the public."
THEY'RE OFF AND CRAWLING
"There is a worm with backbone!" That was the reaction when Herman came from far off the pace to inch out a field that included Seattle Slew, Starworm, Luke Skyworm and Swifty in the second annual International Worm Races in McLean, Va. According to The Washington Post, the contestants were put into three groups: the fuzzies, the slimys and the centipedes. A circle was marked on the ground for each of the categories, and the first to creep outside was the winner.
The young owner-trainers were a bit ambivalent about their entries. Seven-year-old Allison Gregg, referring to Swifty, a slimy earthworm, said, "If he loses, I'm going to step on him." Thirteen-year-old John Shope, who found his inch-worm on the roadside the day before the contest, said, "If he wins, I'll put him out to stud." One trainer had been grooming two caterpillars, but two weeks before the event they turned into butterflies and flew the coup.
By midafternoon the winners were crowned. Sammy breezed to victory in the fuzzy category in 15 seconds. The centipede title was captured by Millipedus Maximus, who blazed across the line in six seconds flat, while Herman slinked to glory in the slimy group with a time of 16.9 seconds.
Poor Swifty! "The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!"—Shakespeare.
The National Hockey League suffered another severe setback last week when its shortsighted leadership idly watched as 21-year-old Dale McCourt, the first player selected in the 1977 draft and a budding superstar, was removed by arbitration from the Detroit Red Wings—whose teetering franchise he helped save.