World Fethi Nourine and his coach suspended by the Judo Association: Algerian Judoka refuses to fight against Israeli

15:25  24 july  2021
15:25  24 july  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The Judo World Association reacts and the refusal of the Algerian athlete at Olympia against an Israeli.

Der israelische Judoka Tohar Butbul, gegen den der Algerier Fethi Nourine nicht antreten wollte. © Photo: Imago / Itar-TASS The Israeli Judoka Tohar Butbul, against which the Algerian Fethi Nourine did not want to compete.

The Algerian Judoka Fethi Nourine has denied a possible fight against an Israeli in the Olympics in Tokyo and dispensed with participation. The International Judo Association then took on Saturday investigations against the 30-year-old athlete and its coach. Both were for the time being suspended, a disciplinary commission should now decide on further consequences, the World Association IJF said.

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Nourine could have meeting in Tokyo in the weight class up to 73 kilograms on Monday on the Israeli Tohar Butbul. As a result, both the athlete and the coach in Algerian media expressed the intention of doing not to play and justified this not to fight against an Israeli.

"We had no luck with the draw," said coach Amar Ben Yekhlef Algerian media. A normalization of the relationship with Israel levers the country. "We made the right decision," said Yekhlef

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The Olympic Committee Algeria decided according to IJF to send the duo home and wants to check sanctions . The World Association explained the statements of nourine and coach "in total contrast to the philosophy of the Judo Association. Judo is based on solidarity, respect and friendship , each form of discrimination can therefore not be tolerated.

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Nourine had already denied a fight at the 2019 World Cup from the same reason. For headlines, the case of Iran's Saeid Mollaei had been taken care of in Judo , which had received the instruction in the World Cup in Tokyo in August 2019, not to compete in the semi-final. He should go out of the way a possible final against the Israeli Sagi Muki. Mollai resisted the statement, fled to Germany and now occurs at the Tuesday at Olympia in Tokyo for Mongolia.

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