This step was taken by the athlete and his coach after knowing the results of the draw which took place on July 23, 2021.
Fethi Nourine, who initially will compete in the number 73kg is scheduled to meet the Sudanese judo, Mohamed Abdalrasool.
If he succeeds in winning the first round or the big 64, he will meet Tohar Butbul, an athlete from Israel who gets a bye.
The International Judo Federation (IJF) has also released its official stance in response to Nourine’s resignation.
According to IJF, they are ready to give sanctions for the actions carried out by the 30-year-old judo.
Nourine’s withdrawal was called the IJF, “totally against the philosophy of the International Judo Federation.”
“The IJF has a strict non-discrimination policy, promotes solidarity as a key principle, and is reinforced by judo values,” the IJF wrote.
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Nourine was born on June 14, 1991 and raised in Oran, Algeria. He has started to pursue Judo since he was 10 years old.
Then, he became the African champion who won in Tunisia in 2019. In the same year, Nourine also participated in the World Judo Championships in Japan.
His introduction to judo was due to one of his brothers. He was introduced to this sport due to managing emotions.
“I had a rather difficult childhood because of my temper. One of my brothers then directed me to learn judo,” he said, quoted from the official Olympic website.
“I had the opportunity to learn from Cheikh Hamzi, a famous judo coach,” Fethi Nourine continued.
Not the First
Actually, this action is not the first time that Nourine has done. Because, he once withdrew from the competition to avoid opponents from Israel.
The first, Nourine’s resignation was carried out when participating in the 2019 Judo World Championship in Tokyo for the same reason. At the same championship, Tohar Butbul was also a potential opponent at that time.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is taking place in Jerusalem is currently on the rise. This sparked cross-border clashes.
Apart from Nourine, athletes from other countries also performed similar actions. At least there are athletes from Iran and Egypt who have also in the past refused to compete with the Israelis.
Contributor: Muh Adif