Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the ceremony where Russian Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova was presented with an Akita puppy in Moscow's Metropol hotel on Saturday.
Welcoming the puppy, Zagitova expressed her gratitude for her fans and Japanese politician Takashi Endo who had brought her the dog from Japan.
Takashi Endo, president of the group preserving the Akita breed, presented Zagitova with the puppy. The puppy began to lick the Olympic champion's face at once.
Zagitova plans to name her dog Masaru.
Zagitova discovered her fondness for Akita dogs when she saw their photos in a magazine when she was training in Japan ahead of PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Learning the news, the preserving group based in Akita Prefecture decided to give her the puppy.
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