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Waste war

ANN/THE JAPAN NEWS – Banter forms the core essence of Spogomi, a competition derived from the fusion of “sports” and gomi, the Japanese term for “trash”.

In Tokyo, the stage was set for the Spogomi World Cup 2023, where the globe’s finest waste collectors vied for supremacy. This intense contest featured 63 participants hailing from 21 different countries.

The competition originated in Japan with teams of three trying to pick up as much trash as possible within the 90-minute limit, getting points for the type and weight of the items collected.

Starting from Shibuya Station, teams walked around collecting a total of about 550 kilogrammes of trash, including bottles, cans and umbrellas.

The winning team represented the United Kingdom, with Japan finishing second.

Participants sort out trash during the Spogomi World Cup 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO: THE JAPAN NEWS