Tokyo to host 1st World Cup for “SpoGOMI” litter-picking sport

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The first World Cup of a Japanese-invented sport in which participants compete over the types and amount of litter they can pick up will be staged in Tokyo this November, the Nippon Foundation said Tuesday.

Qualifying events are scheduled in about 20 countries for the sport launched in 2008, called “SpoGOMI,” which combines words meaning “sport” and “trash” in Japanese.

Under World Cup rules, each team consists of three people and has an hour to collect litter at a designated area such as the beach and streets.

“Picking up litter can be fun if you make it a game to compete in,” SpoGOMI ambassa...

Kyodo News

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