Trump Watches Sumo, Presents Trophy to Winning Wrestler


Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump watched on Sunday professional sumo matches live with his wife, Melania, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and his wife, Akie, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena in Tokyo's Sumida Ward.

At the victory ceremony held after all bouts on the final day of the summer grand sumo tournament were over, Trump stepped on to the ring and presented the specially made U.S. president's trophy to Asanoyama, the winner in the "makuuchi" top division at the 15-day competition.

For Abe, sharing the sumo-watching experience with Trump was apparently intended to demonstrate his close friendship with the U.S. president.

Around 5 p.m. (8 a.m. GMT), Trump appeared at the spectator area of the sumo arena and sat on a sofa placed in the "masuseki" box seat section near the ring. The audience welcomed Trump with a standing ovation as he showed up. Trump responded by waving to the crowd with a smile.

Trump watched five makuuchi bouts, including one for Asanoyama, who won the summer tournament with the 12-3 record.

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