Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova has been given a Japanese dog in a ceremony attended by Japan’s prime minister. Zagitova claimed at this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that she had fallen in love with the akita dog, while training before the Games. Her parents said they would consider having a dog if she won in Japan, which she did, winning a gold medal for Russia.
Japanese dog enthusiasts then rallied round to send the 16-year-old the puppy, named Masuri, or “victory”.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie attended Saturday’s ceremony in Moscow. They were in Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin.