Melania Trump has been refused permission to step onto the Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium sumo ring for identifying as a woman.

“I asked if I could be involved with the presentation of the cup but they said, ‘No woman, Japanese tradition’, Melania Trump told reporters.

Melania was told she could instead sit in the first row near the sacred male ring – her husband – and the sumo ring.

“They let my husband up there who is a bigoted sexist, but they wouldn’t let me because I have breasts,” said Melania.

President Trump said he may have disputed the decision not to allow his wife onto the ring with him if it had of been his daughter.

Melania was later granted permission to meet the sumo wrestlers if she agreed to pour them drinks.