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FIGHT CLUB: I.O.C. scholarship funds let Niger judoist Alassane train with a world-class coach

Abdou Alassane Dji Bo's Olympic debut lasted just 1 min. 33 sec., but he didn't come out feeling like a loser. The 25-year-old judoist, the first from Niger ever to compete at the Games, crashed out in the first round of the 66-kg weight class, in a bout with Slovakia's Jozef Krnac that resembled a very fast two-man game of Twister. "Of course in my heart, it hurt to lose," Alassane says. But the point of this trip for Alassane — and for Olympic Solidarity (OS), the scholarship program that has given him more than $20,000 for training and travel over...

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