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ALGERIAN JUDOKA BANNED 10 YEARS FOR RECTING OLYMPIC FIGHT

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Farouq Oduola A.

The International Judo Federation has banned Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine from competition for ten years after he withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics to avoid a prospective battle with an Israeli opponent.

On Monday, Nourine’s coach, IJF Hall of Famer Amar Benikhlef, was also given a 10-year suspension.

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On the first day of the Tokyo Olympics, Nourine withdrew after realising that he could meet Olympic bronze medalist Tohar Butbul in the second round of men’s lightweight tournament at the Budokan. Nourine and Benikhlef departed to show their solidarity for Palestinians, according to Algerian media.n’s proposals.

Both men’s accreditations were revoked and they were sent home by the Algerian Olympic Committee. Following an investigation, the IJF issued a ban, thereby ending the 30-year-old Nourine’s competitive career, a three-time gold medalist at the African Judo Championships.

“It is clear that the two Algerian judokas utilised the Olympic Games as a platform for protest and promotion of political and religious propaganda with malicious intent,” the IJF stated in a statement. “As a result, no other sanction can be issued in this situation but a lengthy suspension.”

Benikhlef, who is 39 years old, earned a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Because of the withdrawals of Nourine and Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool, who also left the tournament before fighting Butbul, Butbul advanced to the round of 16 in the 73-kilogram class in Tokyo without fighting. Butbul and the Israeli team didn’t trust Abdalrasool’s claim of injury, citing the fact that Abdalrasool had weighed in for the fight one day earlier.

Butbul lost in the quarterfinals in his weight class, but he was part of the Israeli team that took bronze in the first-ever mixed team competition.

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