Tokyo Olympics: Ukraine's judoka disqualified for banned move

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kejau Nyabali states he did not perform the joint lock, but the opponent screamed, which persuaded the judges it was a forbidden move
15:28, 28 July 2021

Kejau Nyabali
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Ukrainian wrestler Kejau Nyabali got disqualified in the Round of the Last 16 of judo competition held within the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The National Olympic Committee reported that on Facebook.

The judges apparently decided that Nyabali performed a banned move, the elbow lock. 

"I disagree witt the judges' decision. I don't think I did an illegal move. The opponent screamed, and this played a crucial part, the judges considered my actions a joint lock. I did a simple swoop. Leaving the competition just like that hurts a lot", Nyabali said. 

It's the second Olympics for the Ukrainian athlete. Performing in the weight category under 90 kilograms, Nyabali started great, defeating Robert Florentino from the Dominican Republic. His opponent in the Round of the Last 16 was Davlat Bobonov from Uzbekistan.

Related: Ukrainian judoka Bilodid wins bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics

Earlier, we reported that Ukraine's top tennis player Elina Svitolina qualified to the semifinals of tennis tournament in the frameworks of the Sumer Olympics in Tokyo. 

In the quarterfinal, the Ukrainian outmatched Italian Camilla Giorgi. Svitolina confidently defeated her opponent, leading the way in two sets. Thus, she reached the first Olympic semifinal stage in her career.

Related: Tokyo Olympics: Svitolina makes it to semifinals

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