One more judoka withdraws from Olympics to avoid facing Israeli opponent

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Tokyo: Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool has become the second judoka to withdraw from Tokyo 2020 ahead of his match against Israel’s Tohar Butbul.

The 73kg division athletes were due to face each other in Monday’s last 32 clash. The pair both turned up for their weigh-in ahead of the encounter. But Abdalrasool was a no-show when it came to the actual event.

No annoucement has been made by Sudanese Olympic officials or the International Judo Foundation (IFJ) on why Abdalrasool didn’t show up for the event

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Abdalrasool becomes the second judoka to do as few days back, Algeria’s Fethi Nourine was sent back after he withdrew of facing the same Israeli opponent.

“We worked a lot to reach the Olympics, but the Palestinian cause is bigger than all this,” the 30-year-old Nourine told Algerian television.

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