Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Or Sasson has auctioned his judogi for $100,000 for an Israeli organisation for children with disabilities.

World number four Sasson, who beat Alex Garcia Mendoza of Cuba to win his heavyweight medal in Rio de Janeiro, parted with his judogi for the Shalva organisation and added the he will start a new judo programme for children with disabilities at the new Shalva National Centre in Jerusalem.

“A minute before I handed over the jacket, when it was still in my hands, I thought about whether I would miss having it,” Sasson told Times of Israel.

“But then I thought about all of the good it would do and realized that it has reached its ultimate purpose.”

Avi Samuels, Vice Chairman of Shalva, said: “We started Shalva with many dreams to help children with disabilities in Israel. What Ori Sasson has done, enables us to fulfill the dreams of our children in ways we couldn’t even imagine when we first started the organization nearly 25 years ago.”

Sasson’s teammate an -63kg Olympic bronze medallist Yarden Gerbi auctioned off her Olympic backpatch in August for over $52,000 to purchase and donate medical equipment for the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre.

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