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Egypt’s Osunaarashi, the first sumo wrestler from Africa to turn pro in Japan, became a tourism ambassador for his native country on Thursday, in a campaign to encourage Japanese to visit a destination avoided by many travelers following political upheaval.

“I want to contribute in various ways for the sake of Egypt,” the 24-year-old wrestler, whose real name is Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, said at a press conference in Cairo.

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