A few days later

For Algerian Sofiane Abadla
29 December 2020
Judokas return to the tatami in Alberta
29 December 2020

when he announced six of the seven selected athletes for the Tokyo Olympic Games—-66 kg Hifumi Abe and Joshiro Maruyama would have to face each other at the Japanese Nationals Championships in April—Kosei Inoue moved the world by bursting into tears when he had to explain the difficult choices that had to be made in some categories. “My first thoughts go out to those who fought during this Olympic cycle and weren’t chosen.” Behind the tears was a second message. For those not going