Schools in Kobe, Japan still persist to stack up their students in the name of athletics.
As the country celebrates “Sports Day” in the month of October, which is the anniversary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, it is a holiday that inspires everyone to exercise.
Around this time, schools all over the country hold Sports Festivals where they take part in a variety of physical activities from dancing to relay races.
Amidst these many physical activities is a controversial act. Known as gymnastic formation (kumi taiso), the controversial act involves students climbing on top of each other and they balance to create pleasing geometric patterns, the common type of which is the standard human pyramid.
For years now these activities have ignited a firestorm of debate in Japan where the practice is often mandatory, with opponents arguing that it puts children at a great risk of injury for little gain. Supporters, on the other hand, counter those claims with arguments of “Come on,” and “Human pyramids!!!”
In the city of Kobe alone, 51 gymnastic formation-related injuries occurred between January to August of this year, and in the past three years 123 related fractures have been reported. This may lead you to believe that the entire city is being run by the mayor from Jaws who is going to ignore the particular problem until it swims up and bites him in the butt, but actually he has been an active opponent of the sport.
More details of this news over at SoraNews24.
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