Judo star Fethi Nourine and his coach have received 10-year bans from the from the International Judo Federation for "promotion of political and religious propaganda" after refusing to compete against an Israeli opponent in Tokyo.
An Olympic judo champion is said to have been allowed to attend his brother's funeral after being detained on charges of premeditated murder during a shootout that killed three people including his sibling, according to reports.
Footage of a bizarre warm-up motivation technique, which shows a judo coach slapping his female charge in the face as she was about to compete in an important Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games face-off, has gone viral online.
Sudanese judoka Mohamed Abdalrasool weighed in but did not appear for his clash with Tohar Butbal in the round of 32 at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, leaving the Israeli without an opponent again after Fethi Nourine was sent home.
20-year-old judo sensation Daria Bilodid burst into tears in her national colors after scooping bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, admitting that she had been "depressed, broken and not in the mood" before remembering her mom's words.
An Algerian judoka who withdrew from the Olympics because his political support for Palestine meant he did not want the prospect of facing an Israeli has been suspended, with judo chiefs citing discrimination and "principles".
One of Algeria’s top Olympic medal hopes in judo has quit before a battle even began, to avoid a likely second-round matchup with an Israeli, saying he won’t “get his hands dirty” by competing with a citizen of the Jewish state.