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Algerian judoka banned for 10 years for refusing Tokyo Olympic bout

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By GREG BEACHAM

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Good!

Now deal with that aggressive, drunken Georgian Paralympian.

Something similar for him too, please thank you.

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I would have thought beating the israeli in the ring would have been a better protest

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Now deal with that aggressive, drunken Georgian Paralympian. Something similar for him too, please thank you.

Personally speaking, while a suspension is more than called for in the case you refer to here, a 10 year ban is too harsh considering the circumstances.

Refusing to participate because of your opponents religion and nationality are a hell of a lot different than being drunk!

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Good.

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Sanjinosebleed, obviously he knew he would lose. Otherwise as you say he would have taken the opportunity to beat an Israeli.

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Good for the IJF.

If the IOC had some ethics, and wasnt all about $$$, they would also punish Algeria. Ban them from the next Summer Games, or at least the entire Judo team. This Judo player would have been instructed by Algerian govt officials not to compete against the Israeli.

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Not far enough. Every Algerian Judo competitor should be banned from international competition for 10 yrs.

When poor behavior by 1 person doesn't impact the entire program of the country, there just isn't enough at risk.

Make it hurt or nobody will learn.

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If the IOC had some ethics, and wasnt all about $, they would also punish Algeria.

The IOC said that they were banning protesting and would punish those that couldn't abide by the rules. Immediately the first U.S. Women's football game, Megan Rapinoe made her team kneel at the beginning of the match and the IOC didn't even do or say anything about it. That woke money is real at the moment.

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Well, I hope it was worth it for him.

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I am surprised that the IJF would politicise this like this should have left sleeping dogs lay. Judo should be banned for ten years from competing Better yet ban the olympics from ever occurring again.

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Got to say, having the conviction to follow through with a protest even if it can be career-ending to you is admirable. Knowing some things are way more important than your sport, even if it has been your livelihood.

This also probably ultimately highlights the protest more than if it were just glossed over too, so it only really reinforces their position.

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And the same people cheering for his ban for a political protest are the same people calling for a boycott of the China winter Olympics...

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And now what? Does that matter to him? He or some of his many similar friends etc. now probably even more radicalize and in ten or twenty years he just blows the IOC building up and that’s it. That’s more people an own goal than a punishment. lol

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So draconian, It was only a decision for political reasons, it was his right, the pathetic thing is those who celebrate childishly this decision, a couple of weeks ago whined a lot against the Olympics..

Good!

Now deal with that aggressive, drunken Georgian Paralympian.

Something similar for him too, please thank you.

Both are two different things.. (Facepalm)..

And the same people cheering for his ban for a political protest are the same people calling for a boycott of the China winter Olympics...

The whole truth !!..

Hypocrisy "anti-China whiners" level..

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@nomination

Back in Oct and December, Lord Sebastian Coe, of World Athletics Federation and a probable future OC president, said that protests were OK!

But IOC fired back with Bach using his press conference after the IOC Executive Board meeting to suggest Coe's support for podium protests contravenes World Athletics rules.

Confusing and toothless...

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If only the rules would be applied equally to everyone

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Understood: Racism is hurtful. - But, a media influenced & controlled by both the government ANDReligious Organizations” is even more frightening than an international sports organization asserting their influence over the economy of a host country.

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@Snowey. I usually appreciate your comments and never rate you, but racism is not hurtful at all. It is sick, disgraceful, inappropriate, and actually proof of how we have not evolved as a species. Sad

The media in many places is controlled by the government elected or not. That is what propaganda is.

But controlled by religionists is depending on the countries selected and looked at.

America and much of Europe have free open press.

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The ban should be permanent.

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The ban should be permanent.

It essentially is - not many people have a window of elite sport that lasts more than 10 years.

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ShinkansenCabooseKyakusenbei_Arimasu Sep. 14 5:13pm:

*“@Snowey. I appreciate your comments and never rate you,*

except for a -2 on Every one of my posts as soon as you 2 log in? - Must be exhausting and

Agreed: “Sad”:

- “we have not evolved as a species”

Understood.

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Are we not allowed to express ourselves and our political views anymore

This guy didn't refuse to fight a jewish judoka but an "israeli" fighter his country doesn't recognize a country named israel and btw it's actually called the zionist colonization and this person refuses the horrifying acts of terrorism executed by "the state of israel" against Palestine

It is very unfair to ban him, you need to understand he can do what ever he wants with his fights. Taking a brave stand is not a crime i saw some comments saying Algeria should be baned because of a personal choice made by an athlete. Why would you want to ban the rest of Algerian contestants?? This is the hate speech "israel" teaches this is racism judaism teaches "jewish people are better than all nations".

The Olympic committee should reconsider this rushed, meaningless and bias decision.

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