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Japan politician to host pro-wrestling exhibition in North Korea

Published on Jul 7, 2014 4:33 PM
 
Japanese lawmaker and former professional wrestler Antonio Inoki answers questions during a press conference in Tokyo on July 7, 2014. Antonio Inoki said on Monday, July 7, 2014 that he would co-host an international wrestling exhibition in North Korea next month, just days after Tokyo revoked some of its unilateral sanctions against the isolated state. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese wrestler-turned-politician said on Monday that he would co-host an international wrestling exhibition in North Korea next month, just days after Tokyo revoked some of its unilateral sanctions against the isolated state.

Antonio Inoki said some 20 grapplers from around the world, including from the United States and France, would perform at the two-day event in the capital Pyongyang.

The former wrestling legend - whose own contribution to its far-fetched fight storylines enthralled millions in Japan during his career - would not reveal names of competitors, but said his visit might also include meetings with high-level officials.

"I've been working on contributing to world peace through sports, and I hope to keep doing this work in the future," Inoki, wearing his trademark red scarf, told a Tokyo press conference.

 
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