Sumo 'big-shots' on target for charity

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 February, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 February, 1993, 12:00am

JAPAN'S top sumo wrestlers yesterday raised $250,000 for the Community Chest in a Noon-Day Gun firing which was sponsored by seven Japanese firms in the territory.

Grand champion Akebono fired the Jardines gun, watched by colleagues and the corporate sponsors.

Later, as a farewell gesture, the three highest-ranking wrestlers left a permanent mark of their visit at Wong Tai Sin Temple.

Akebono and champions Konishiki and Takanohana attended a hand-printing ceremony at the temple, where the impressions will be included in a plaque to commemorate the territory's first sumo tournament, held last weekend.

The plaque will be laid in the temple's recently opened Best Wish Garden, taking its place as the first non-Chinese memorial alongside Chinese poems dating back 1,000 years.

The 40 sumo wrestlers leave Hongkong today.