TORONTO (July 16, 2003) — The Dunlop tire brand will sponsor a sumo wrestling championship this year in British Columbia, Dunlop Tires (Canada) Ltd. said.
The championship, organized by the North American Sumo Federation, will be held Aug. 23 in Richmond, British Columbia, and will feature amateur sumo wrestlers from Canada, the U.S., Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica and Japan. The contests are the North American qualifying event, and some participants will move on to the world championships later this year.
The event will include various weight classes, including the “open category,” which has no weight limits and sometimes includes competitors who weigh more than 500 pounds, Dunlop said. The tire maker said the championship is new to British Columbia, which will host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
“At Dunlop Tires, we're always looking for ways to make our mark by providing Canadians with unique and memorable experiences, and this event will certainly fit the bill,” said Ian McIntosh, general manager, marketing and advertising services for Dunlop, which is operated by Goodyear.
Dunlop said past events included setting a Guinness Book World Record for the “largest group tire roll” as well as getting some Canadians with Dunlop as their surname to change it to Dunlop-Tire.