PM Shehbaz pays tribute to Japanese pro-wrestler Antonio Inoki

'I have a vivid memory of meeting him at a stadium in Lahore 10 years ago,' said Shehbaz

By Web Desk
October 01, 2022
— PM Shehbaz Twitter/file

KARACHI: The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, paid tribute to Japanese pro-wrestler Antonio Inoki, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 79.

Inoki was well-known for both his fight with boxing great Muhammad Ali and his ties to North Korea.

The premier took to Twitter to pay tribute to the wrestler-turned-politician and posted a picture with the athlete from their interaction in 2010.

"Sad to learn about the passing of legendary Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki. I have a vivid memory of meeting him at a stadium in Lahore 10 years ago. He mesmerized a whole generation with his rare wrestling prowess. My condolences are with his family & Japanese people," he wrote.

He passed away from heart failure, according to the Japanese state broadcaster NHK.