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The state of New Jersey issued an executive order Monday allowing the resumption of indoor sports classified as medium and high-risk during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes martial arts like judo, karate and taekwondo, which can resume practice with certain restrictions in place.

Indoor contact sports had been allowed since late July but with only limited, non-contact drilling permitted under the state guidelines. Under the new orders normal contact practice is allowed but attendance is limited to 25% of a room's capacity or 25 people, whichever number is lower.

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Eighteen-year-old Anastasija Zolotic became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in taekwondo since the martial art earned full medal status in 2000 when she defeated Tatiana Minina 25-17 in the finals of the 57 kg category Sunday in Japan. Dana Hee, Arlene Limas and Lynnette Love had previously won gold for the U.S. back in 1988 when taekwondo was still considered a demonstration sport. On the men's side, Ulugbek Rashitov of Uzbekistan won the 68 kg class over Britain's Bradly Sinden 35-29.

In judo, host country Japan added to it's gold count as Uta and Hifumi Abe made Olympic history becoming the first siblings to win gold medals on the same day. Uta Abe captured the women's 52 kg division defeating France's Amandine Buchard by pin in overtime. Then Hifumi Abe earned the men's 66 kg gold hitting an osotogari, outside leg reap, for a half-point to defeat Georgia's Vazha Margvelashvili.


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