A Sudanese Judoka withdrew on Monday from the Tokyo Olympics to avoid potentially facing an Israeli opponent.
Despite weighing in for the bout earlier, Sudan's Mohamed Abdalrasool did not show up to face Israel's Tohar Butbul in the men's 73-kilogram class, becoming the second athlete to withdraw from the Olympics before Butbul.
Following in the footsteps of Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine, who was sent home from the Olympics, Abdalrasool became the second athlete to withdraw from the Olympics before facing Butbul.
Nourine chose to avoid a potential confrontation with Butbul, citing his support for the Palestinian cause as the rationale for his choice.
“We got a bad break with the lottery. We had an Israeli adversary, which is why we had to leave. Nourine's coach, Amar Benikhlef, remarked, "We made the right decision."