The quest of the International Sumo Federation (IFS) to have amateur sumo accepted as a bona fide Olympic sport has long been viewed as as a pie-in-the-sky proposition by many.

In the wake of the recent IOC decision to drop the far more recognized sport of wrestling from automatic inclusion in the 2020 Games, anyone can see that the IFS goal remains as far away as ever.

Some supporters will, of course, see this differently. Most notable on this list will feature the officials and staff at the IFS.