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Great Britain was one of the first countries to compete in Japan at the invitation of the Japanese in the late 1980's. This was mainly down to the very well respected Mr.Syd Hoare whose love affair with Japan started in the early 1960's. Syd competed for Great Britain in the 1964 Olympic games in Judo. This followed very tough training in Japan and a highly competitive British trials.
Some of the early Sumo competitors were Jim Webb, Bill Etherington and Larry Stevenson. Around 1990, Syd organised the First European to train as a professional in a Japanese Heya.
In 1992, Syd organised a team to compete in the very first World Championships . These took place in Tokyo;s kokugikan. to be continued.........