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Kaido ‘Baruto’ Höövelson joins Enterprise Estonia board

Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo (SDE) has appointed Kaido Höövelson to the supervisory board of Enterprise Estonia, a body which promotes business and regional policy in Estonia.

”Being a member of the Enterprise Estonia supervisory board gives me an excellent platform to help even more Estonian companies develop their potential in the Asian market,” Mr. Höövelson told ERR News.

”I believe that I will be able to help Estonian companies with their contacts and knowledge of the region,” he went on.

Mr. Höövelson, 33, from Rohu village in Lääne-Viru County, is perhaps best know to international readers from his time as a top sumo wrestler in Japan, where he competed under the name Baruto Kaito.

He made his debut in the sport there in 2004, rising to the top division two years later, reaching the rank of  ōzeki, the second highest rank in sumo, in 2010. He retired in September 2013 after suffering injury problems, becoming a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in 2015. He has also been active in business.

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