Monday, September 13, 2010

16 year old sumo wrestler, Sammy Stacey, banned by the Australian Sumo Federation after going awol. HOW FUCKING STUPID IS THAT!

The Australian Sumo Federation has banned 16 year old Sammy Stacey from wrestling because she went awol from the Tottori Johoku High School after winning the gold medal at the Sumo World Wrestling Championships in 2008 at the age of 14.

She became the first western girl to be accepted to the school where her days started at 5am, when she had to prepare breakfast for other students because of her low-rank. Then she spent the rest of the day eating up to five bowls of greasy porridge with eggs and lumps of meat. Instructors would scream at her until she finished. In between meals, Sammy had to snack on beans covered in oil. For lunch, she had bowls of meat and rice.

But after six months on an intense eating schedule and peaking at 322 pounds, she knew she couldn’t take it anymore. So she called her father and he planned to pick her up at her next tournament without telling staff.

There are so many problems with this.

For a start, NO ONE should be 322 pounds or 23 stone, even for sumo wrestling, least of all a 16 year old girl.

Secondly, banning her from wrestling because she went awol is ridiculous. The federation should be ashamed of themselves for even letting her get so fat, regardless of how fucking prestigious the school is.

Clearly her health and well being isn't important to them, they just care about the rules and dumb arse regulations they set up. Never mind her being a teenager, whose body may not be able to put up with being 23 stone in the first fucking place.

This sucks in so many ways.

Shame on the sumo high school, shame on the sumo federation and shame on her parents for letting her go in the first place knowing she'd be made to eat to gain weight.


Jewels xxoo


  1. I think this story has a real "You can't quit! You're fired!" theme to it, which I find amusing.

    The rest of the story is sad of course. A sport based on making people incredibly unhealthy is no sport at all.

  2. I'm going to sound like some random flamer for this but...

    A) How do you know they forced her to actually eat the food?

    She could have chosen to say that she could not physically eat anymore without being sick. In Japan there is a belief that Australian's are fat and should be eating more, but that is not the truth.

    B) How do you know for sure the reason she got up at 5 am to make breakfast for the other students was because "she was a lower rank?"

    To a certain degree, yes it is possible, but it also a really good way getting exercise. And it develops life skills (learning to cook.) How do we know that the "higher ranked" students didn't make her lunch? Or dinner? Or had to prepare all the other food?

    C) They yelled at her because she didn't eat, or wasn't trying hard enough.

    Japanese culture is very very very different from everywhere else. In their culture they still send students out of the room if they want too, they still put them in time-out corners, naughty stools. They still yell and scream to get order in the giant classes (generally twice the size of any Australian classroom, which she would be used too.)
    Also, you have to remember this is a 14 (now 16) year old girl going through puberty and a very emotional state of her life. She was to a certain degree, emotionally overloaded, over tired and probably very very home sick, PLUS (yes) an initial language barrier, I think she overreacted.

    D) They banned her for going AWOL.

    How DARE you judge an entire Federation of people? HOW DARE YOU?! She packed her bags and left the COUNTRY without telling ANYONE?! How do you know they weren't running around panicking? How do you know they weren't worried she had been kidnapped? Or killed? Or had gotten lost because she couldn't speak the language? HOW DARE YOU suggest that the Sumo Federation does not have the right to ban someone for leaving their school without telling anyone? Would you when you were 14 walk out of the house, with all your stuff packed and not tell your parents? No, you wouldn't DARE! And if you did, then I feel very sorry for your parents.

    These places push you to your limit, like any other sports camps/scholarship programs.

    And instead of going, she broke down and ran away.

    So, just stop and think about without an emotional burn.

    BTW, it is compulsory in Japan everyone learns English for at least a year, plus English is the most spoken language in the world.

  3. To a degree, you sound like you know what you're talking about, but you clearly don't know about this particular situation.

    And while I don't know all of the facts, I went by an interview Sammy and her father did on the Today Show the morning I wrote and posted this blog. So 85% is from her herself. The rest is my opinion.

    Her father stated in the interview that the family was in Japan for 5 weeks and had been guaranteed that she would be taken care of and her health would be looked after.

    Those guarantees were lies and the school followed none of them.

    Considering we are told time and time again to watch our weight and don't become obese, then the health and well being of a 14 year old is far more important to her and her family than it was to the sumo school.

    And the Australian Sumo Federation banned the whole family for life. Not just Samantha. Even though Sam and her family HAD TOLD the Federation they had left because they were concerned about her health. But the Federation didn't care, they banned them anyway.

    And the Aus Sumo Fed DON'T OWN the school in Japan, so you didn't get that right.

    A family has the right to put their child's health and well being ahead of everything else. A Federation DOESN'T have the right to ban ANYONE for those concerns.

    And while you push yourself to the limit in a lot of sports, there is a line where you know you can't push yourself anymore, or your body tells you it can't go on, or you need to decide if the mental bullshit from coaches is worth it, or your physical health and mental well being becomes more important.

    And yeah, I DARE!

  4. I just happened across your blog today. Let me belatedly comment.
    Samantha was not banned by the Australian Sumo Federation for leaving the school in Japan. She came back to Australia in July and competed in the Australian National Championships in August.
    Her family caused a large number of problems for the school in Japan by not being honest about their intentions. They had her pack up secretly and go to Osaka where her father, brother and uncle were waiting, for a competition with the rest of the school's sumo team. They allowed her to take part in a regional competition representing the school, and do an interview for national television network NHK (which was later shown internationally on the NHK's World Service) before telling the sumo coach after lunch that day they were taking her back to Australia the following day. You can see how it was embarrassing for the school that she was suddenly no longer in Japan when she had just become big news as a student of that school.
    She could have left the school at any time and the father had the opportunity to speak with the coach of the sumo club at an event in Taiwan 2 weeks earlier. He already had a letter with him, translated into Japanese, stating his intentions and giving the reasons for taking his daughter home. He chose instead to make her deceive the coach.
    She was 130 kg when she started doing sumo in 2008 and weighed in at 132kg when she competed in August 2009. By August 2010 it appears she weighed 151kg. You do the math.
    There were several problems with Samantha's family, before and after her return form Japan. Conditions were set by the Australian Sumo Federation for any member of the family to compete and, though Samantha herself had done nothing wrong, as a minor she was not able to compete independently of her family. No one was banned except her elder brother and he was banned by the International Sumo Federation and consequently could not compete in Australia or anywhere in the world.
    Katrina Watts
    Australian Sumo Federation


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