Egyptian Judoka Receives Japanese Decoration

Egyptian judoka receives Japanese decoration

Egyptian judoka Mohamed Ali Rashwan has received a Japanese decoration for his contribution to Judo.

Rashwan faced off against Japan's Yasuhiro Yamashita in the judo final in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Since he did not attack Yamashita's injured leg, he was praised for his fair play.

In a ceremony at the Japanese embassy in Cairo on Monday, Rashwan received the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays, for his contribution to the promotion of judo.

In a video message shown at the event, Yamashita congratulated him on his award, saying he feels as happy as if it had happened to him.

Yamashita, who is now the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, also said that he values his friendship with Rashwan, a great judoka.

Rashwan said that he is very proud to receive the honor from the Japanese Emperor, even though it's been 35 years since the match.

He added that he hopes to go to Tokyo and see Egyptian athletes win a lot of medals at next year's Olympic Games.