A SUMO club bursting with British stars is in talks to bring the World and European championships to Doncaster.
Members of Doncaster’s DN Sumo Wrestling Club want to raise awareness because it is currently a sport not officially recognised by Sport England.
Official status will also mean that funding opportunities will be available to the Doncaster squad who currently fund their own championship trips - despite representing their nation at the highest level.
The Balby-based club - of which eight of its athletes represented Great Britain in the Swiss Open championships at the weekend - are working with the British Sumo Federation in a bid for Doncaster to stage the European and World championships in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
“It is frustrating because we’re overlooked constantly and yet we’re doing incredible things on a national level,” said head coach Adam Lloyd.
“We’ve just returned from the British championships in Derby where we got six golds and six silvers and did incredibly well.
“We’ve also represented at national level where we’ve had to compete against sides across the world who employ full-time sumo wrestlers.
“We’ve all had to buy our own GB tracksuits and we fund everything ourselves, it’s hard going. Even getting that bit of recognition will help our cause massively.”
Lloyd added: “Staging the World and European Championships in Doncaster would be massive for the town and the sport.
“It’s going to take time to make sumo an official sport but these types of events will certainly help.”
DN Sumo have also been coaching Doncaster Mustangs American football team.
They had a successful Swiss Open winning nine of GB’s 12 medals - with three each of the gold, silver and bronze.