Algerian wrestler Fathi Norine stated that his 10-year ban for withdrawing from facing an Israeli wrestler at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was harsh and at the same time expected.
In a statement to “Al-Nahar”, Fathi Noureen commented on the punishment of the International Olympic Committee, saying: “The punishment issued by the International Federation was harsh and at the same time it was expected, and it was a sporting punishment of a political nature, and it was planned, as they tried to put pressure on us for participation and normalization with The Zionists, and after our steadfastness on the principle, the punishment was harsh in order to pressure Algeria, after the Iranian Judo Federation’s punishment of 10 years, they are trying to hit Algeria in order to take another curve and force the Algerians to compete with the Zionists, and I appeal to the Algerian authorities to intervene because this decision will have its consequences. .
Fathi Noureen and his coach, Ammar Bin Yakhlef, were banned from all official competitions for ten years, against the background of his withdrawal from a possible confrontation against Israeli wrestler Tohar Botbol in the Tokyo 2022 Olympics, according to Al-Shorouk website.
Noreen had announced his withdrawal from judo competitions in the weight of under 73 kg, after he was drawn against the Sudanese Mohamed Abdel Rasoul, in the first round, with the possibility of meeting in the second round the Israeli wrestler Tohar Potbol.
The international sports federations refuse to mix politics with sports, which explains their firm stance on the Algerian wrestler issue.