Algerian judoka Fathí Nurín, who resigned from the Tokyo Olympics in order not to face an Israeli opponent, was sentenced by the IJF to ten years. His coach Amar Benichlef should be at the same time. Both can appeal against the disciplinary commission’s verdict.
According to the lottery, the 30-year-old judoka was supposed to start the 73 kg competition against an opponent from Sudan, but in the second round he could run into the Israeli representative Tohar Butbula. That’s why he preferred to give up his Olympic participation right away and told Algerian television that he “doesn’t want to get his hands dirty”. He didn’t do something like this for the first time. He did the same, for example, at the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo. For the last incident, together with the coach, he was banned from working until July 23, 2031.
Algeria does not recognize Israel as a sovereign state. But the IJF criticizes and punishes judokas who refuse to wrestle with an opponent in Israeli colors. In April, she suspended the Iranian federation for four years for not allowing its representatives to oppose judoka of that nationality.
At the previous year’s World Championships, Said Mollají was also affected, who did not agree with such a procedure and preferred to leave his homeland. He took refuge in Mongolia, for which he won an Olympic silver medal.