Die Algerynse judoka Fethi Nourine kry 'n verbod van tien jaar omdat hy hom aan die Olimpiese Spele onttrek het om Israel te vermy

(Reuters)Die Algerynse Fethi Nourine en sy afrigter is geskors 10 jaar deur die Internasionale Judo Federasie (IJF) vir withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics after the draw set him on course for a bout against an Israeli.

The 30-year-old was due to face Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool for his first bout in the men’s 73kg class and a victory would have paired him with Israel’s Tohar Butbul in the next round.
Nourine said his political support for the Palestynse cause made it impossible for him to compete against Butbul.
    The Algerian Olympic Committee withdrew the accreditation for both Nourine and his coach Amar Benikhlef and sent them home from the Tokyo Games.
        The IJF, which had temporarily suspended Nourine and Benikhlef, said the pair used the Gamesas a platform for protest and promotion of political and religious propaganda”, which breached its code of ethics and the Olympic Charter.
        They are banned from all IJF events and activities through to July 23, 2031, though they can appeal their bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, die verklaring gesê.
            The incident was not the first time that Nourine had withdrawn from competition to avoid facing an Israeli opponent. He pulled out of the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo for the same reason.
            Tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict flared again this year as confrontations in contested Jerusalem triggered cross-border clashes.

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