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Indian judoka Shushila Devi Likmabam will face London 2012 bronze medalist Eva Csernoviczki in the women’s 48kg opener at Tokyo 2020. Shushila Devi, who is making her Summer Games debut, is the sole representative Indian in judo at the Tokyo Olympics. . Eva Csernovickzi is world No. 24 while Shushila Devi is ranked 46th before the Olympics. In their last meeting, at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Slam, veteran Csernoviczki beat Shushila. If Shushila Devi defeats Eva Csernoviczki, a meeting with home favorite Funa Tonaki in the round of 16 awaits the Indian judoka, according to Olympics.com.
Third seed Funa Tonaki is a former world champion and also won silver at the 2021 World Judo Masters. In judo at Tokyo 2020, the top seeds in each weight category (according to the total number of participants ) get passes in the first round. Shushila Devi is ranked 17th in the 48kg women.
The knockout and medal rounds of the 48 kg women’s judo event take place on Saturday on carpet number 1 at Nippon Budokan, which has already hosted concerts for the Beatles.
The 48kg women’s judo bout begins at 7:30 am IST. Shushila Devi’s fight will be tenth from stack 1.
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