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Judo athletes forget to leave cell phones off the mat

74th session of UN General Assembly in New York City, Day 3

NEW YORK CITY, USA SEPTEMBER 26, 2019: France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at a meeting of the UN Security Council on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters. Alexander Shcherbak/TASS (Photo by Alexander ShcherbakTASS via Getty Images)

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In a recent youth judo international event, a referee noticed something on the mat he couldn’t really miss — a cell phone that had suddenly appeared.

He stopped the action and asked both athletes how this phone made its way to the midst of a grappling tangle. One finally admitted the phone was hers. See the video.

But it’s not just kids. In the Baku Grand Slam earlier this year, Portuguese athlete Anri Egutidze was disqualified after a phone fell from his gi in mid-grapple.

Despite that loss, Egutidze is ranked 17th in his weight class. And if more judokas bring their phones onto the mat, maybe they can check their rankings while fending off an armbar.

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