The “Times of Israel” newspaper reported that Sudanese athlete Mohamed Abdel Rasoul withdrew from the judo competitions in the Tokyo Olympics on Monday to avoid facing the Israeli player Tohar Botbol.
وحسب The Israeli newspaper Abdel Rasoul withdrew to avoid facing Botbol in the third round of the under 73 kg category, despite being measured before the match.
Abdel Rasoul’s withdrawal came just two days after the Algerian Fathi Noureen withdrew from facing Abdel Rasoul, in order to avoid a possible confrontation with Botbol in the next round.
Noreen was temporarily suspended by the International Judo Federation.
Although the Sudanese Olympic Committee announced that Abdel Rasoul had undergone weight measurement and published pictures of the player’s preparation for the confrontation, no further clarification was issued as to why the player did not join the fight.
And he wrote on the official page of the Tokyo Olympics in place of the name of Abdul Rasoul, the phrase: There is no competitor.
Source: The Times of Israel newspaper + olympics.com