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Martes, 28 de febrero de 2006 - 10:44 GMT
Británicas luchadoras de sumo
Luchadoras de sumo
El campeonato mundial de sumo se celebra en octubre en Japón.

Two women, who live in Derby in England, are training hard to compete against the world's top female sumo wrestlers. The Sumo World Cup takes place in Japan in October and the women, who are training partners, are both hoping to qualify.

This report is read by Catherine Addis:

The sport, a male bastion which began as a Shinto ritual in Japan about 1,500 years ago, only recently opened up its ranks to women. But Jackie Bates, 50, who weighs 127kg, has already won a silver medal and aims to win more.

"It's supposed to be a vicious sport and takes a lot of fighting sprit and a lot of guile," she said. "It's like pushing a bus around, but it keeps me fit, keeps me on my toes and people say I look good."

Her trainer Steve 'Sumo' Pateman, who pioneered sumo wrestling in the UK, said: "Women tend to be mentally tougher than males - they're determined to win and it's the key to everything."

She trains four times a week and lifts weights to gain strength, managing up to 70kg on the bar.

"Jackie's very feminine but she can generate the aggression that she needs," Mr Pateman said.

Jackie adds: "It is a very dynamic, powerful sport and that's what I like about it. It will take a while for the British women to reach the top - they're not as brave as the European women where there is a huge following and where there are many women who are fighting already."

Her training partner Chantal Freebury, said: "It seems like only a few seconds in the ring sometimes, but it gets your heart going. It's the fitness and the enjoyment that draws me in - it's a lot of fun."

Ms Bates, who is an aerobics teacher, competed in the Sumo World Cup in 2003. She's also fought in Japan and elsewhere in Europe and is hoping to qualify for the World Cup again in October in Japan. Sumo wrestlers hope their sport will join the Olympics and 84 countries are now affiliated to the International Sumo Federation.

a male bastion
bastión masculino, en este caso un deporte tradicionalmente masculino

a Shinto ritual
un ritual Shinto: una ceremonia que hace parte de la religión japonesa de Shinto

guile
astucia, habilidad de engañar al oponente

keeps me on my toes
la luchadora de sumo dice que esto "me ayuda a seguir bien preparada en lo que hago"

pioneered
pionero, aquí el texto se refiere a que Steve 'Sumo' Pateman fue el pionero, introdujo este deporte en el Reino Unido

the bar
aparato que se usa para el deporte de levantamiento de pesas

the ring
el escenario donde se celebran los combates de sumo; tradicionalmente, las mujeres no tienen derecho a entrar a este escenario

it gets your heart going
hace que el corazón se acelere

draws me in
me atrae, me provoca

an aerobics teacher
un profesor de gimnasia aeróbica, un ejercicio energético para aumentar el ritmo cardiovascular del que lo practica; generalmente se practica al ritmo de música



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