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Algerian athlete who withdrew from Tokyo Olympics to avoid clash with Israeli faces action from judo bosses over ‘discrimination'

Posted On: Oct 23, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

Algerian athlete who withdrew from Tokyo Olympics to avoid clash with Israeli faces action from judo bosses over ‘discrimination'

An Algerian judoka who withdrew from the Olympics because his political support for Palestine meant he did not want the prospect of facing an Israeli has been suspended, with judo chiefs citing discrimination and "principles".
Judo star Fethi Nourine pulled out of the men's 73kg event to dodge a potential meeting with Tohar Butbul, of Israel, in the round of 32, calling the draw a "shock" and "thunder".
The Tokyo hopeful claimed he did not want to " get his hands dirty" , while his coach, Amar Ben Yaklif, described a possible match-up with Butbul as "unlucky".
International Judo Federation bosses have now temporarily suspended Nourine and Ben Yaklif, explaining in a statement that “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas".
“We worked a lot to reach the Olympics...but the Palestinian cause is bigger than all of this”
Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine has withdrawn from the Olympics after a possible match against an...

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