ULAN BATOR –
The first batch of delegates from Japan’s professional sumo headed by grand champion Asashoryu arrived in Mongolia on Monday for their first tour of the country. The wrestlers were greeted by hand-clapping fans and city officials at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in suburban Ulan Bator as they started a tour that includes mini tournaments scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
‘‘It made me happy and I appreciate it,’’ Asashoryu, making his homecoming, said of a welcome ceremony held at the airport. ‘‘I’m sure I’ll get nervous when I perform dohyo-iri (ring-entering ritual), and hopefully I want people here to watch not only sumo bouts but many other things (related to sumo culture),’’ he said.