Do sumo wrestlers get castrated when young

No, this is one myth that every now and then pops out! Sumo wrestlers are not castrated!

Castration is the removal or destruction of the sex glands. The term is usually used in reference to the testicles, but it also can apply to the ovaries. The procedure stops most production of the hormone testosterone.

There are three qualifications on how to be a Rikishi (Sumo Wrestler):

Must have completed compulsory education (ninthgrade) and be under 23 years old on the day of the test.

Must be 173 centimeters or taller.

Must weigh at least 75 kilograms.

Note: Women cannot become rikishi. It is stipulated in sumo regulations that only men may participate in the sport.

A young man gets permission from the head of the stable he would like to join, and then asks him to submit the following forms to the Japan Sumo Association (JSA):

1. Parental approval form

2. Familly register

3 .Certificate of health from a doctor

The perspective rikishi must then take the physical test administered by the JSA doctor. If he passes, he is registered as an official rikishi of the JSA. These rikishi are called “new apprentices.”

Here are the 10 things to know before becoming a sumo wrestler shared by Matador Network.

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