Saturday, 28 July 2012

Buddhist Monk Competing in the Olympics

One of the Olympic events today is the Equestrian Individual Eventing, look out for Kenki Sato who is competing for Japan. Kenki is a Buddhist monk from the Myoshoji temple in the mountains near Nagano, where his father, Shodo, is the 25th master of the 460-year-old temple and adjacent horse-riding club.

Kenki is following his younger brother Eiken, who also trained as a priest and rode at the Beijing Games. His sister, Tae, 24, is a five-time national show-jumping champion.

Here Kenki is pictured making a lap of honour with his horse Toy Boy and the two gold medals he won in individual and team jumping at the 16th Asian Games in 2010.

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