Rio 2016: Olympic dream over for Oates
PUBLISHED: 19:00 07 August 2016
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Controversial defeat for judo hopeful
Colin Oates saw his Olympic dream shattered in controversial fashion in the under-66kg judo competition in Rio.
Havering-born Oates was up against Frenchman Kilian Le Blouch in the first round and the bout turned into a scrappy affair.
Neither judoka could manage a score during the five minutes of action, which saw them go to golden time.
And Oates, 33, was then handed his third penalty (shidos) of the bout, after both had received two in normal time, to bow out.
He said: “The way the scoring was going and the way the shidos were going instead of trying to open up and counter him more, I allowed the referee to dictate the fight and the decision at the end to give me a shido before time for not attacking was ridiculous.
“He’s one of those fighters who doesn’t really want to get involved and is just scrappier. I’m usually good at that type of fight but I just didn’t handle it. We fought in Korea last year in an almost identical fight.
“We went to golden score again there and I won the shidos that time. This time it went against me. He’s fighting well though and no discredit to him – he fought the fight he needed to win the match.”
Oates, who began his judo career at Hornchurch Sport Centre, admitted defeat probably means the end of his Olympic hopes.
But he is hoping to play a supporting role as the seven-strong Team GB squad look for some rewards in Rio.
He added: “I’m 33 now and this is quite possibly my last Games unfortunately so it’s disappointing.
“We still have wonderful chances though. We knew the men were up against it here but the women have got a really good opportunity.
“It’s my job now to collect water, say some inspirational words and try to help them produce the medals we need.”