Less than a month after International Women's Day, sumo found itself embroiled in a gender-discrimination controversy when a female nurse administering CPR was ordered to leave the ring by an official.

The sport's long-standing ban on women entering the ring has periodically come under fire, but the life-and-death circumstances surrounding the recent incident have given the criticism added intensity this time around.

As with most issues of equality, the pressure for change has only grown each time it surfaces in the public consciousness.