We walk through the streets of Jilemnice and end up at an old abandoned factory building. The Porizs have just bought this structure, and sometime next year construction will begin on what they plan to open as a fabulous 1,000-seat sumo competition arena. There are only two such sumo facilities in the world; this will be the third. It’s an astonishing effort to be sure, the father and son teaming up to develop their country as the capital of European sumo.

“In Japan there are only two sumo arenas,” says Poriz. “This is going to be the only one outside of Japan.”

want to know more?
czech sumo union, www.sumo.cz • hotel sumo, www.hotelsumo.cz • czech sumo tournament website, http://sumoliga.com/index.htm