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Trump graces sumo bout, plays golf, meets Abe in Japan

IANS  |  Tokyo 

US awarded a trophy to the winner of a final, here on Sunday, during his four-day visit to

With the help of an official, Trump handed over the 30-kg, eagle-topped and specially-named US President's Cup to a victorious Asanoyama, a 25-year-old competitor who till recently had been obscure in the sport, reported news.

The presentation took place in the 'dohyo', the name given to the centre of the arena in the venerated Japanese sport.

The event was subject of great in as it's unusual for an representative of the US to take part in such a spectacle.

Trump eschewed the tradition of sitting cross-legged on a cushion in favour of a low-backed seat in the stalls along with First Lady Melania Trump, Japanese and his wife

The match took place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena, the country's foremost stadium. After the bout, alias said he was lost for words with pride for having received the trophy.

From the 'dohyo', Trump also presented the victor a certificate and praised him for his 'outstanding achievement'. notched 12 wins and 2 losses.

Other foreign heads of state who have watched matches in Japan, include former French who handed over the Chirac Cup to the winner of the tournament.

Trump arrived in on Saturday and is scheduled to leave on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, he held informal talks with the Japanese during a round of in southwest

Although the winner of the round between and was not reported, the said it was played at and started at 9.45 a.m. local time, lasting two and a half hours.

The course is situated in prefecture, an area that was hit by a moderate earthquake ahead of Trump's arrival on Saturday.

The pair were joined on the course by veteran Japanese



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First Published: Sun, May 26 2019. 18:00 IST