Friday 21 June 2019

Trump steps into ring with sumo champ

Victor: Donald Trump presents the President’s Cup to the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Victor: Donald Trump presents the President’s Cup to the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Jill Colvin

Donald Trump presented a trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament as he got a taste of one of Japan’s most treasured cultural institutions.

The US president and First Lady Melania Trump joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie alongside an estimated 11,500 fans at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium to watch the muscle men.

At the end, Mr Trump stepped into the ring and presented his President’s Cup to the champion, Asanoyama.

Mr Trump was the first US president to participate in such a ceremony and later described it as a “great honour” on Twitter.

Irish Independent

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