The equestrian show jumpers have been raising their eyebrows at a life-size statue of a sumo wrestler on the course at the Tokyo Games, with one rider saying they believe the horses might be “taking a spook” at the poised rikishi (wrestler).
The statue at fence No. 10 might have messed up a few show jumpers’ hopes of making the final on Wednesday. Housed in the corner of the arena, a sumo tower and rikishi make up one of the Japan-themed fences.
The Associated Press delved into the subject and found the sumo wrestler had caught the eye of a number of riders. Great Britain’s Harry Charles said he “did notice four or five horses taking a spook” at the statue. He added: “As you come around, you see a big guy’s [butt].” Ireland’s Cian O’Connor said: “There’s a lot to look at”. More