India's lone judoka, Avtar Singh, has crashed out of the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, 10 August, after losing to Refugee Olympic Team's Popole Misenga in the Men's 90 kg Round of 32. Popole lost in the round of 16. This ended any hope that Avtar had of entering the repechage competition.
24-year-old Avtar hails from Punjab. He had clinched the gold at the South Asian Games in Guwahati earlier this year. Avtar, failed to match up to Misenga - originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo - throughout the match. The 24-year-old Misenga gathered a point through Yoko, which is awarded for a throw that is 'partially lacking' in two of the three elements of an ippon: putting the opponent on his back, speed of throw, force of throw.
Avtar had been penalised twice during the match for non-combativity, where a player does not attack enough, intentionally stepping out of bounds, play too defensively or put a hand directly on the opponent's face.
- With inputs from PTI