FSU to hold sumo wrestling tournament

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Get ready to stomp your feet and slap your bellies, FSU will be holding a Sumo Wrestling Tournament in Forwell Hall Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Monday Jan. 28, students and staff can suit up and step into the ring for the Fanshawe Student Union’s (FSU) sumo wrestling showdown.

Taking place in Forwell Hall, between F and J building, the event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is free to attend.

There will be no actual wrestling involved, but rather, a bashful bout with humorous inflatable sumo suits.

Four suits will be available for contestants and those who sign up can choose to go head to head, or battle in pairs.

Sign-ups will take place the day of the event on a first come, first served basis within the time allotted.

Forwell Hall will be fitted with mats for safety and each suit will be wiped clean for every wearer for sanitary purposes during intermission.

Anthony Stergiu, the FSU’s finance coordinator, is the one who conceived the event as a way to help relieve stress and to allow new and familiar students to engage in a fun activity that is sure to provoke laughter.

Of the FSU, Christine Belanger, the advocacy and communications coordinator and Kevin Masterson, the events and activities manager are said to be having a match that is not to be missed.

“You can’t even wrap your arms around each other in those things,” Masterson said. “You sort of bang into each other, that’s the idea.” With the idea of fellow cohorts and staff bundled in outfits that hardly allow for any coordination, some students have already talked among friends to go in groups.

“Oh man, I want to see it. Don’t tempt me with such a good time in-between my classes,” Anthony Brewer, a Fanshawe business marketing student had to say about the event. “It seems pretty interesting, it’s funny, but I think it’s good because reducing stress is good to help with mental illnesses too.”

With similar structure to traditional sumo wrestling, there will be rules during each bout.

The rules will be finalized closer to the event; however, FSU has intended the sumo-wrestling tournament to be a friendly competition with friends to interact with one another.

Photography is encouraged to those who would like to see themselves or their friends in this memorable and ridiculous event.

For any further questions or concerns about the event, please contact Kevin Masterson at kmasterson@nullfanshawec.ca or 519-452-4109 ext. 6333.