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KICKER - Horsing around in Tokyo

WORLD Radio - KICKER - Horsing around in Tokyo

A cardboard cutout of a sumo wrestler wreaks havoc on equestrian Olympic events


United States' Laura Kraut, left, Jessica Springsteen and McLain Ward, right, celebrate winning the silver medal in the equestrian jumping team final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press Photo

PAUL BUTLER, HOST: Well, the Olympic Games in Tokyo wrapped up over the weekend and these Summer Games were unusual in many ways.

One of the strangest incidents occurred on the equestrian track.

Horses do not like surprises—like a lifesize statue of a sumo wrestler squatting right next to a jump they need to clear.

Riders complained that “sumo man” distracted several horses during a qualifying event.

British rider Harry Charles said, “As you come around, you see a big guy’s” posterior. He said he noticed several horses really got spooked by that.

A few horses pulled up short of the barrier, accumulating enough penalty points to prevent entry into the finals.

Olympic officials took the statue away for the team competition, knocking sumo man right out of the equestrian event.

REICHARD: So, a happy “tail end” to the story!

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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