Trophy welcome but sumo fans wish Trump would sit cross-legged

Sports | 23 May 2019

US President Donald Trump can expect a warm welcome from the sumo wrestling community when he presents the "Trump Award" to the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday.

However, with Trump expected to view the bouts from a chair instead of sitting cross-legged on a cushion as ringside viewers typically do, some fans have been left upset at his special treatment.

Trump, 72, is expected to watch the final three bouts of the tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan venue alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his state visit, which starts Saturday.

He will sit in a chair, instead of on a 'zabuton' cushion on the floor as is customary.

Trump will have to climb onto the 'dohyo,' or "sumo ring," to present the award alongside Abe. Shoes are typically not worn on the 'dohyo' so he may have to wear slippers or shoe covers.


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