[Ed. – The politicization of the Olympics continues.]
A second judoka has pulled out of the Olympics judo competition seemingly to avoid facing Israeli Tohar Butbul, days after his scheduled opponent in a previous round was suspended for doing the same.
Butbul was listed as having “No competitor” in what should have been a bout with Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool in the men’s 73-kg division.
Olympic officials say Abdalrasool didn’t show up to face Butbul in their round, despite weighing in for the bout earlier.
The International Judo Federation didn’t immediately announce a reason why Abdalrasool didn’t compete, and the governing body didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Sudanese Olympic officials also didn’t immediately comment.
In January, Sudan signed onto the Abraham Accords with the United States, paving the way for the African country to normalize ties with Israel. …