US President Donald Trump watched sumo wrestling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday (May 26) , becoming the first American leader to do so. Trump, who is on a four-day state visit to Japan, presented a special US-made trophy to the winner.
The president, first lady Melania Trump, Abe and his wife, Akie, joined an estimated 11,500 fans at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium to watch massive and muscular men, in bare feet and loin cloths, battle for supremacy in a small ring of dirt.
At the match’s end, Trump stepped into the ring and presented the eagle-topped “President’s Cup” to the champion, Asanoyama. Trump, the first American president to participate in such a ceremony, said later it was an “incredible evening.” “That was something to see these great athletes,” Trump said before having dinner with the Abes at a hibachi restaurant.
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27 September, 2019