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CNN’s Talk Asia Program- Bulgarian Sumo Wrestler, Kotoōshū Katsunori (琴欧洲 勝紀, 1/3

Bulgarian Sumo Wrestler, Kotoōshū Katsunori is featured on CNN’s Talk Asia Program which aired in Japan in 2006.

In this segment, he talks about the transformation from a Bulgarian teenager to a sumo wrestler in Japan. Initially, the idea to become a sumo wrestler in Bulgaria was as a joke but was chosen because in Sumo you can eat as much as you want but in Wrestling, you have to control your diet to stay within your weight category. Then, he explains how difficult it was when he first arrived in Japan and how he had to adapt to the environment. He then talks about the devotion of Japanese fans, setting goals and how achieving the second tier in four years was not by luck but part of his goal. He also discusses his win against the Grand Champion in Fukuoka which guaranteed his right to become a member of the second tier.

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