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Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Brazil’s Menezes hails life-changing gold

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Sarah Menezes, who had
to sneak off to training as a child because her parents
disapproved of judo, was toasting an Olympic gold medal on
Saturday and a life-changing future.

After defeating reigning Olympic champion Alina Dumitru of
Romania in the women’s -48kg category on Saturday, a beaming
Menezes said it would take time for her win to sink in.

Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Galstyan dedicates gold to flood victims

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Arsen Galstyan became Russia’s
first Olympic judo winner since the collapse of the former
Soviet Union and dedicated his gold medal to those affected by
recent floods in his homeland.

“I feel absolutely wonderful,” said Galstyan, 23, who
stunned firm favourite and world number one Rishod Sobirov of
Uzbekistan on his way to victory.

Jul 27, 2012

Radical Muslims abandon protest outside Olympic Park

LONDON (Reuters) – A group of British Islamists called off a protest planned for outside the London Olympic Park on Friday and organizers said police had told them not to go ahead.

The group, led by some of Britain’s most prominent Islamist figures, had intended to gather outside the gates to the park ahead of the opening ceremony to denounce what they called the evil of the Games.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Radical Muslims abandon protest outside Olympic Park

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – A group of British Islamists
called off a protest planned for outside the London Olympic Park
on Friday and organisers said police had told them not to go
ahead.

The group, led by some of Britain’s most prominent Islamist
figures, had intended to gather outside the gates to the park
ahead of the opening ceremony to denounce what they called the
evil of the Games.

Jul 27, 2012

Radical Muslims plan opening ceremony protest outside park

LONDON (Reuters) – A group of British Islamists said they had received permission to stage a protest on Friday outside the London Olympic Park to denounce what they called the evil of the Games.

The group, led by some of Britain’s most prominent Islamist figures, said they would gather outside the gates to the park in Stratford before the opening ceremony to condemn Britain and other countries they accuse of persecuting Muslims.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Radical Muslims plan opening ceremony protest outside park

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – A group of British Islamists
said they had received permission to stage a protest on Friday
outside the London Olympic Park to denounce what they called the
evil of the Games.

The group, led by some of Britain’s most prominent Islamist
figures, said they would gather outside the gates to the park in
Stratford before the opening ceremony to condemn Britain and
other countries they accuse of persecuting Muslims.

Jul 27, 2012

Officials and Saudis in talks to resolve hijab ban

LONDON (Reuters) – Olympic and Saudi Arabian officials are in talks with judo chiefs to find a solution after the sport’s governing body ruled the Saudi’s female competitor would have to fight without a hijab, or Islamic headscarf.

On Thursday, the head of the International Judo Federation (IJF) president Marius Vizer confirmed Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, one of the first two female athletes sent to the Olympics by the conservative Muslim kingdom, would not be allowed to wear a hijab.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Officials and Saudis in talks to resolve hijab ban

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Olympic and Saudi Arabian
officials are in talks with judo chiefs to find a solution after
the sport’s governing body ruled the Saudi’s female competitor
would have to fight without a hijab, or Islamic headscarf.

On Thursday, the head of the International Judo Federation
(IJF) president Marius Vizer confirmed Wodjan Ali Seraj
Abdulrahim Shaherkani, one of the first two female athletes sent
to the Olympics by the conservative Muslim kingdom, would not be
allowed to wear a hijab.

Jul 27, 2012

Burton keeps emotions simmering below surface

LONDON (Reuters) – Judoka Euan Burton’s calm and friendly mannerisms and quietly spoken approach belie the seething “assassin” that lurks within the 33-year-old who is more than ready to “smash”, “choke” and “rip” his opponents’ arms out in order to achieve the Olympic gold medal.

“Judo’s most certainly a fight, and that is what you’re doing,”, Burton, one of the host nation’s top hopes for its first Olympics judo medal since 2000, said before the London competition begins on Saturday.

Jul 27, 2012

Britain’s Burton keeps emotions simmering below surface

LONDON (Reuters) – British judoka Euan Burton’s calm and friendly mannerisms and quietly spoken approach belie the seething “assassin” that lurks within the 33-year-old who is more than ready to “smash”, “choke” and “rip” his opponents’ arms out in order to achieve the Olympic gold medal.

“Judo’s most certainly a fight, and that is what you’re doing,”, Burton, one of the host nation’s top hopes for its first Olympics judo medal since 2000, said before the London competition begins on Saturday.