Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine decided to withdraw from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The decision was chosen because he did not want to face athletes from Israel. Reported by USA Today, Fethi postponed the 2020 Olympics on Friday (7/23/2021). Because, the lottery makes it have the potential to meet with Israeliathletes.
Fethi, who competes in the men’s -73 kg, has the potential to face Tohar Butbul. However, before this happened, Fethi Nourine decided to withdraw from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“We were unlucky in the draw, we got against Israel and that’s the obstacle we backed off. We made the right decision,” Amar coach Ben Yaklif said, as reported by the Israel Times, reported by Algerian media.
In fact, this is not the first time Fethi has withdrawn from the championship on the grounds of not wanting to face Israeli athletes. Previously, in 2019 he also chose to withdraw from the championship when facing Butbul. Now, the Israeli judoka will visit Mohamed Abdalrasool from Sudan.
As for the judo championships, this incident is nothing new when other country’s athletes refuse to compete against Israel. Iran has even been sanctioned for a ban on the championship, whose sentence is due to expire in 2023. That’s because the athletes deliberately relented in order to avoid fighting Israel. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Egyptian judoka Islam El Shebaby was also sent home for refusing to shake hands with Or Sasson.
Meanwhile, badminton schedule at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be started by the Indonesian women’s doubles game Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu against Malaysia doubles on Saturday (7/24/2021). The match is scheduled to be held at the second field of Masashino Forest Sport Plaza, Tokyo starting at 07.00 WIB or 09.00 local time.
In the last match of the Malaysian women’s doubles Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean, Greysia Polli/Apriani Rahayu suffered a defeat. At that time, they faced off in the group A match of BWF World Tour Finals 2020, last January in Bangkok, Thailand.