Algeria and 3 times African Judo champion Fatehi Noreen announced Thursday his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics after being drawn with an Israeli player
“My position is firm, irreversible on the Palestinian issue, we do not slander our hands and we do not normalize the Israeli flag,” said Noreen.
At the 2019 world championships, also in Tokyo, Nourine withdrew for the same reason.
The judo champion is a part of the long list of Algerian athletes who refuse to participate in any matches with an opponent from the colonialized part of palestine .
This refusal stems from the close bond between the two countries and refusing to acknowledge Israel as a state.
Many people on twitter support his stance and praised his action while others wish to differentiate politics from sports