WADA Speak Up Program!

IFS takes its anti-doping measures very seriously.IFS expects each and all athletes, coaches, trainers and others involved in the sport of sumo to be responsible members to protect the clean athlete and the integrity of our sport.

In the unfortunate case that you see or hear of any practices that would hinder the anti-doping efforts, the WADA Speak Up! Program serves as a safe site that you can send your confidential information.

The Speak Up! Reporting tool is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Anna Poliakova (Russia) has been nominated for Best Athlete of the Year 2018 by the IWGA-The World Games!

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Anna Poliakova's winning streak in The World Games and the Sumo World Championships started in 2008.

Previously competing as Anna Zhigalova, she is a 5-time Gold Medalist in the Open-weight category with two Gold Medals in the Heavy-weight category in between, in the last 7 Sumo World Championships. She has participated in The World Games 2009, 2013, and 2017, winning both the Heavy-weight and Open-weight categories in all 3 of the Games, resulting in her 6 Gold Medals and making her one of the most successful athletes in The World Games.

The International Sumo Federation nominates Anna Poliakova (RUS) for the IWGA Best Athlete of the Year 2018 Award. Ms. Poliakova's has won the Gold Medal for every World Championships since 2008, the last 3 World Games, as well as the last 2 Combat Games and IFS truly commends her dedication and commitment to the sport of Sumo.
Ms. Poliakova has not only raised the standards of Sumo, but also has become a symbol of strength both in mind and body. IFS hopes that Ms. Poliakova's candidacy will also pose to increase interest not only in Sumo itself, but also women in Sumo.

International Sumo Federation gains full recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Session.

IFS has been granted full recognition by the IOC during the 133rd IOC Session meeting held in Buenos Aires on 9 October, 2018.

The decision for the full recognition was made as a result of significant progress made by IFS in its institutional development in addition to the promotion and progress of the sport of Sumo.

IFS continues to be fully committed to the principles set out in the Olympic Charter as well as fulfilling the obligations as a Recognized International Federation. We look forward to working with the IOC for the benefit of our athletes.

Moment of vote to grant full recognition to IFS.

IOC President Thomas Bach and IFS Secretary General Kazufumi Minami join hands as a symbol of the great partnership between the IOC and IFS.

Sumo Participation in the III World Nomad Games 2018.
A Report from the Kyrgyz Republic Sumo Association.

17 September 2018

Dear sumo family,
Kyrgyz Republic Sumo Association is glad to inform that on September 2-9, 2018 the III World Nomad Games 2018 (WNG-2018) was held in our beautiful Motherland, Kyrgyzstan. During the week, 1976 representatives of 74 countries competed in 37 sports. Nearly 600 media workers were accredited to the III WNG. About 250 of them are from Kyrgyzstan, the rest came from more than 50 countries.

This year Sumo wrestling for the first time was included to the WNG-2018 thanks to the hard work of our association and support of a lot of people and organizations. We are very thankful for those federations who could come and participate in this very considerable event for our Association.

For the Sumo competition within the framework of WNG-2018, we invited Sumo federations and associations from around the World.

The tournament involving 18 athletes from 14 countries took place on September 5. The sumo wrestler from the Tyva Republic, (Russian Federation, Siberia) Mongush Aydin took the first place.


It is my pleasure to serve as the new Secretary General of the
International Sumo Federation.
I wish to work with all sumo fans from around the world to promote
the traditional Japanese sport of Sumo to an international sport
for everyone around the globe to enjoy.
Additionally, I shall work for IFS to become a stable and strong
organization so that it will join the Olympic Games as an official
sport in the near future. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
It's a 1,500 years old Japanese martial art, steeped in the Shinto religion.
It's a fast and exciting sport with simple,easy to understand rules.
It's part of the World Games, and is on track for inclusion in the Olympics.
At last count, 84 nations have joined The International Sumo Federation, so it has evolved far beyond its Japanese origins.