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Sato monk won gold medal for horse racing

Japanese monk Kenki Sato unexpectedly won a gold medal in individual horse racing at Asiad 16, after excelling over two heavy opponents including Choen Jai Sik (South Korea) with his compatriot and also champion Yoshiaki Oiwa in the final round.

Japanese monk Kenki Sato unexpectedly won a gold medal in individual horse racing at Asiad 16, after excelling over two heavy opponents including Choen Jai Sik (South Korea) with his compatriot and also champion Yoshiaki Oiwa in the final round.

After the victory, Sato folded his hands to recite Buddha’s name and prostrated himself to heaven and earth. Only then did people learn and know that he was a monk since he was a child. Although Buddhism’s policy is to not compete with life the monk Sato is trying to combine his passion for horseback riding with Buddhism and create his special way of life.

Responding to the AFP news agency, Sato said: “I like to ride horses and do what a monk usually does. I take both of these things seriously. I think the practice can combine horse riding well and both can support each other.”

Sato’s father was also a monk, before choosing a religious path he used to be a famous knight competed by the representative of Japan in the 1980 Olympic Games. However, unfortunately because the Olympic Games in Moscow were boycotted, he could not finish. Dream of competing in the Olympic Games. So at 7 years old, Sato was taught to ride by his father.

Since then Sato enjoyed horse racing and always considered horses as close friends. Before each race, Sato often put some salt on horseback to find luck. After winning Asiad, Sato said: “I want to thank my horse. We both helped each other to win a special victory at Asiad”.