Another judo fighter has quit the Tokyo Olympics rather than face an Israeli opponent.
A second judo fighter has quit the Tokyo Olympics rather than face an Israeli opponent.
Mohamed Abdalrasool, 28, of Sudan, was a no-show for his fight against 27-year-old Tohar Butbul in the 73kg class on Monday morning.
This comes after an Algerian, Fethi Nourine quit the contest last week because he might have had to fight Butbul, saying he was protesting Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Read full details here.
Abdalrasool, ranked 469th in the world, has not given a reason for withdrawing from the fight, having shown up for the weigh-in earlier in the day.
Sudanese Olympic officials and the IJF have yet to comment on the reasons behind Abdalrasool’s withdrawal.
Butbul subsequently advanced to the round of 16 without a fight, before being beaten by Canada’s Arthur Margelidon.
Margelidon then advanced to one of the two bronze medal fights, before being beaten by Mongolia’s Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir to finish just off the podium.