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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
There has already been a lot of coverage of this event on this blog, including the "No Holds Barred" Special Preview Show: World Sumo Challenge and Mayhem On Mulberry Muay Thai Events in New York as well as an article World Sumo Challenge Plans 2006 Tours.
Below is the latest press release about this new telecast:
For Immediate Release
"WORLD S.U.M.O. CHALLENGE -- BATTLE OF THE GIANTS,"TO BE BROADCAST AS TWO BACK-TO-BACK HOUR-LONG SPECIALS ON ESPNSATURDAY, JANUARY 14, AT 4:00 PM AND 5:00 PM
Taped at Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2005, Programs Featuring24 World-Class Heavyweight Sumo Wrestlers, Was Originally Broadcast on ESPN 2 In December, 2005
ESPN will telecast two one-hour specials, back to back, on Saturday, January 14, 4:00 to 5:00 PM and 5:00 to 6:00 PM featuring all the action and excitement of WORLD S.U.M.O. CHALLENGE -- BATTLE OF THE GIANTS, the international world-class Sumo competition taped at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 22, 2005. The competition attracted 24 of the world's best heavyweight Sumo wrestlers from countries all over the globe who competed for the 1st Annual World S.U.M.O. Challenge Cup. (The programs were originally broadcast on ESPN2 on December 24 and 30, 2005.)
Presented by Big Boy Productions, LLC, a New York-based sports and entertainment production company whose mission is to develop and present world class international SUMO to national and international audiences, the championship competition was sanctioned by the International Sumo Federation, the Japanese-based world governing body for Sumo. The Garden competition attracted more than 10,000 enthusiastic fans and was the inaugural event of a new international Sumo organization - Sumo Ultimate Masters Organization (S.U.M.O.) - which is currently setting up tours of North and South America for the spring and summer of 2006 and Europe in the fall of 2006. The tour will be broadcast on national television. The 2nd Annual World S.U.M.O. Challenge has already been booked into Madison Square Garden on October 21, 2006.
The Sumo competition at the Garden, governed by traditional Japanese Sumo rules, was contested in the main arena and featured the spirituality and mystique inherent in traditional Sumo wrestling. It was punctuated by spectacular special effects as well as live music provided by Taikoza, a thunderous percussion group that features taiko drums - large barrel-like drums that produce a magnificent sound -- creating a visual and audio treat for spectators.
The two dozen wrestlers who competed in the 1ST ANNUAL WORLD S.U.M.O. CHALLENGE - BATTLE OF THE GIANTS, and are featured on the ESPN2 telecasts, represent Japan, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Georgia, and United States. They include: Georgiev Stiliyan and Petar Stoyanov (Bulgaria); Jorg Brummer, Karsten Grapp and Torsten Scheibler (Germany); Dezso Libor and Barnabas Toth (Hungary); Mitshuhiko Fukao, Takayuki Minami and Kaleo (Japan); Sydney Carty (Netherlands); Ronny Allman and Hans Borg (Norway); Jacek Jaracz, Marek Kraszewski, Marek Paczkow, Robert Paczkow and Marcim Roczum (Poland); Levan Altunashvili, Jondo Dabrundashvili and Levan Ebanoidze (Republic of Georgia); and Kena Heffernan, Oni pa'a Imua Pa'a'aina and Harrington Wa (USA).
The TV commentary is provided by sportscaster Al Pawlowski with expert commentary by the 67th Yokezuna, Masashimaru. The emcee at the Garden is Ryan McDonough.
Executive Producers are Big Boy Productions (Noah Goldman and Jeff Daniels) and Executive Producer of the television specials is Ron Honsa. The event producer is Ted Kudyla. The post-production services were provided by Moving Pictures and the programs were edited by Alan Miller.