I know this is an obscure question. I leave tomorrow for Japan and I will be attending a sumo match. It is a business trip, but I plan on bringing my d800 and two lenses. I can't fit more than two, and they have to be fairly light and compact.
I was planning to bring my 50 f1.8 and my 70-200 f4. No way I can bring my 70-200 f2.8, as I cannot carry it with my business stuff.
Other options could be 28-300, Zeiss 35 f1.4, 24-120 f4, 85 f1.8. I also have 1.7 TC.
I am afraid the light will be poor. I suspect we have good seats.
I know it's a crapshoot, but anyone been to a sumo match and tried to take photos?
Just noticed you leave today, so this might be a day late. Just off the top, and with no experience in this area (but to get a discussion started) , I'd begin by checking out this article (Google search term "photographing sumo wrestling."
You might also Google "sumo wrestling in (name of city you'll be in)" to see if you can find out anything about the stadium where the events will be held, such as its layout. I gather that the best locations for observing might not present the best for photography. Apparently in some venues (maybe most?) in the first several rows fans sit on cushions (the above site recommends bringing an extra cushion!), and heads of spectators in front of you/referees can partially block your view. Farther back there are seats, and way back the suggestion is a 300mm lens. Close up the best locations seem to be at the corners, but this is where the pro photographers are, and it can be very crowded.
See what people who have actually been to one of these say, but to cover most bases, I'd be inclined to take the super zoom, and a fast wide angle or the fast 50mm. The article cited above does say the lighting is pretty decent, but that is referring to that particular venue I believe.
Can you find out more about the tickets? The Japanese are avid photographers, and your hosts might not mind your asking if you explain why.
Too bad you already left. I was going to advise that you take the 24-120 and the 85 f1.8. The 24-120 is all you need for the travel part of the trip, and the 85 might have enough reach and enough speed for indoor wrestling. I use my 85 f1.8 for regular wrestling, and it's great for that if you can get close enough.
Clicking on the link (highlighted word "this") should have taken you directly to the article. Its title is "Sumo Wrestling Tokyo," and it gets to the photographic aspects in the first column, two topics down - "Photographing Sumo Wrestling." The first topic is "The Sumo Stadium."