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World’s Biggest Tug-of-War Ends in Draw

Date Posted: 2000-10-13

The 30th Naha Festival’s highlight, the Giant Tug-of-War that traces its history back some 350 years attracted almost 300,000 people to Highway 58 at Kumoji, at the heart of Naha City, Saturday. The Guinness Book of records recognizes the 186-meter long rope weighing 40 tons as the biggest in the world.

This year’s contest ended in a draw after the two teams opposing each other failed to move the rope the required two meters to either direction within 30 minutes of tugging.

This was also the first time that the event was held on a day other than Oct. 10. From this year, the Sports Day, as well as other Japanese national holidays, will be attached to weekends rather than to fixed days of the month in order to accommodate long weekends.

The main venue of the Naha Festival was this year in the New Ameku Urban area for the first time. The area, the former site of a U.S. military Makiminato Housing Area, is designated to become the new center of Naha City.

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