Politics will keep Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine out of the Tokyo Olympic ports, Swedish newspaper Expressen said on Friday.
Nourine, 30, might have faced Israeli Tohar Butbul in the second round of the 73-pound men’s series, but doesn’t want to fight him for political reasons.
Speaking to Algerian television about his decision, Nourine said he could not face an Israeli opponent as a pro-Palestinian person.
"We worked hard to get to the Olympics, but the Palestinian struggle is more important than all this," Nourine said, according to Expressen.
Nourine would have faced Sudanese Mohamed Abdalrazool in the first round.
The winner of the fight will face Butbul in the second round.
The Algerian was faced with exactly the same situation at the 2019 World Cup.
Nourine would have met Butbul at the time, but he withdrew from the races.