TOKYO (AFP) – The first professional sumo wrestler from both the African continent and Arab world has reportedly brushed aside worries about his observing Ramadan during a key tournament.

Egypt’s Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan described a daytime fast that is a key part of the month-long Muslim celebration as ‘no problem’ in remarks published on Wednesday by a Japanese newspaper.

The fasting period will overlap with his final bout at a tournament in the central city of Nagoya.

[quote]’No problem. I only think of winning the remaining bouts. I’m confident,’ Shaalan was quoted as saying.[/quote]