Minister reveals reason for Sudanese judoka Olympics forfeit

The Sudanese Minister of Youth and Sports, confirmed that judoka Mohamed Abdel-Rasoul withdrew from facing his Israeli competitor at the 2020 Olympics, Tohar Butbul, due to an injury he had sustained during training, which the doctors assessed would require him to undergo 3 days of rest.

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The minister, Adam Yousef al-Dhai, said, in a presser upon his return from the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Wednesday, that the Olympic delegation had confirmed that the Abdel-Rasoul was all set to participate and fight his competitor, but sustained an injury during training.

Al-Dhai explained that the athlete was subjected to a physical at the Olympic Hospital, where the doctors estimated he would require rest for a period of at least 3 days.

“Therefore, it was not possible [for Abdel-Rasoul] to compete due to physical and technical aspect, according to the Olympic Committee’s clarification,” the minister stated.

He pointed out that the scene was interpreted after it being linked with the withdrawal of the Algerian athlete before him, and many other similar past cases.

The minister said that Abdul-Rasoul has the necessary courage to face various situations, and has the full freedom to take any decision and defend it, and has the courage to bear any consequences.

On the other hand, the minister noted that participation in the largest global sporting event allowed them to hold many bilateral meetings with the ministers of youth and sports in several countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uganda.

On Monday, Sudanese judoka Mohamed Abdel-Rasoul announced his withdrawal from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan, after failing to show up for his match against Israeli athlete Butbul.

Abdel Rasoul had quit the third round of the competition despite having undergone the pre-match weigh-in before their men’s 73 kilogram division bout.

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