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Men’s 73-kg Rio Olympic gold medalist Shohei Ono will sit out the national invitational weight class championships in Fukuoka next month to focus on his academic studies, the All Japan Judo Federation said Wednesday.

His withdrawal from the April 1-2 invitational meet at Fukuoka Kokusai Center means he will most likely miss out on a place at the world championships this summer. The Fukuoka meet serves as a qualifier for the worlds in Budapest.

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