John Gunning Irish Sumo Wrestler

John Gunning – Irish-born International Sumo Wrestler [Reference: 4]

John Gunning

John Gunning hails from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, and while on holidays in Japan in 2000, fell in love with the place, started teaching English and took up Sumo Wrestling.

Having become an International Sumo Wrestler, and represented Ireland at three World Championships, he now writes a Sumo column for the Japan Times, as well as writing articles for American Football International, his other main Sport.

John Gunning in Action during the 2007 World Sumo Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand [Reference: 5]



[1] Irish Times (2018) The Roscommon Man who became a Sumo Wrestler in Japan  [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 1 February 2020]

[2] Irish Independent (2019) Irish Expats in Japan on Sumo wrestling, the death of Office Culture… and why the party always ends by 9pm [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 1 February 2020]

[3] The 42: Steve O’Rourke (2018) ‘I thought it was fat guys in nappies pushing each other around’ – Meet the Roscommon Sumo Wrestler [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 1 February 2020]


[4] Irish Independent (2019) John Gunning [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 1 February 2020]

[5] The 42 (2018) Gunning in action during the 2007 World Championships in Chiang Mai Thailand [Internet] Available from:×285.jpg [Accessed 1 February 2020][Image: John Gunning]


Thanks to John Kane.

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