Quest for Gold – Episode 52: Judo’s Nefeli Papadakis admits she had to knock some rust off after long COVID layoff

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American Judoka Nefeli Papadakis (R) is grappling with Maike Ziech (L) from Germany during the Final block of the judo Grand Prix at the Maurice-Richard Arena, on July 7 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE/AFP via Getty Images)

This week on Quest for Gold:

Japan releases its newest playbook, which provide guidelines for athlete, coach and official testing.

The Japanese public still isn’t sold on holding a safe Olympic games.

And on this week’s athlete spotlight we talk with USA Judo’s Nefeli Papadakis.  This Illinois 22-year-old is back to competing after an eight-month pandemic hold.  She’s knocking the rust off, but expects to be back to full form come the Tokyo games.

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