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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 16 Aug 2016 07:40 #1

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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand

Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent, Or Sasson, at the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions. The IOC acknowledged that the rules of judo do not oblige players to shake hands but said El Shehaby’s behaviour went against the Games’ “rules of fair play” and “spirit of friendship”.

“The Egyptian Olympic Committee has also strongly condemned the actions of Mr Islam El Shehaby and has sent him home,” the IOC said in a statement. “The President of the National Olympic Committee issued a statement saying they respected all athletes and all nations at the Olympic Games.”

After Sasson defeated El Shehaby and the pair retook their places in front of the referee, the Egyptian backed away when Sasson bowed and approached him to shake hands. When called back by the referee to bow, El Shehaby gave a quick nod before walking off amid loud boos from the crowd.

“The Disciplinary Commission [DC] considered that his behaviour at the end of the competition was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic Values,” the IOC said.

“The DC issued a ‘severe reprimand for inappropriate behaviour’ to the athlete. It noted ... the shaking of hands after a match is not in the competition rules of the International Judo Federation.”

“As well as a severe reprimand, the DC has asked the Egyptian Olympic Committee to ensure in future that all their athletes receive proper education on the Olympic Values before coming to the Olympic Games,” the IOC said.

El Shehaby, 32, had reportedly been pressured by fans on social media not to show up for the match with his Israeli opponent, who went on to win bronze in the +100kg category, because it would reflect badly on Islam.

“Shaking the hand of your opponent is not an obligation written in the judo rules. It happens between friends and he’s not my friend,” El Shehaby said after the bout. “I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs. But for personal reasons, you can’t ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this state, especially in front of the whole world,” he said.

Egypt was the first Arab power to make peace with Israel, in 1979, but the treaty remains unpopular among many Egyptians.


www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/aug/15/egyptian-judoka-sent-home-israeli-opponent-hand-shake-olympics
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Saudi judoka forfeits Rio match, apparently to avoid Israeli 16 Aug 2016 09:42 #2

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Saudi judoka forfeits Rio match, apparently to avoid Israeli

Lebanese delegation chief dressed down by Olympic Committee after blocking Israelis from bus to opening ceremony

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Saudi Arabian competitor Joud Fahmy forfeited her first-round judo match against Christianne Legentil from Mauritius at the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday, in what Hebrew media said was a maneuver to avoid facing Israeli judo fighter Gili Cohen in the next round.

he Saudi Olympic team tweeted that Fahmy had sustained injuries to her arm and leg during training and was advised by medical staff not to compete, the Hebrew language Ynet news site reported. According to Channel 2, Fahmy was not hurt, but simply dropped out to avoid competing against the Israeli judoka.


Cohen then lost to Legentil in a brief second-round bout later in the day.

Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel, though an ex-Saudi general led a delegation to Jerusalem two weeks ago, and met with Israeli officials and politicians, in the latest of a series of conciliatory moves. A former Israeli cabinet minister who met the visiting group said at the weekend that normal ties between the two countries might not be too far away.

Minutes before Cohen’s loss, Israeli judoka Golan Pollack was also eliminated, just over a minute into his opening match against Zambian Mathews Punza, in a major upset.

Punza managed to get the heavily favored Pollack on the floor and hold him there, clinching the requisite 100 points and moving to the next round.

The loss for Pollack continued Israel’s poor showing thus far in the Rio Games.

Also Sunday, the head of Lebanon’s Olympic Committee was summoned by the Games’ organizers for a dressing down, following a kerfuffle with the Israeli delegation after the two teams were told to share a bus to the opening ceremony Friday night.

The Lebanese delegation refused to allow the Israeli players to board the bus, leading to a spat that injected politics into the Games’ opening.

Eventually, organizers put Israel on a separate bus.

The Lebanese delegation was cautioned not to repeat any such behavior, a warning likely also directed at other teams which do not recognize Israel and chafe at having to share sporting space with the Jewish state.

The Lebanese official, for his part, claimed the tiff was a misunderstanding, according to reports in Israeli media.

Saleem a-Haj Nacoula, the head of the Lebanese delegation, had told Lebanese media on Saturday that the Israelis were “looking for trouble” as they insisted on boarding the same bus
www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-judoka-forfeits-rio-match-apparently-to-avoid-israeli/
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Saudi judoka forfeits Rio match, apparently to avoid Israeli 16 Aug 2016 12:03 #4

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Cousin_Frothy wrote:
Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel

Not publicly. :wissl:
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Saudi judoka forfeits Rio match, apparently to avoid Israeli 18 Aug 2016 10:08 #5

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novum wrote:
Cousin_Frothy wrote:
Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel

Not publicly. :wissl:

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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 10:48 #6

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The Olympics was supposed to be about taming the warring nature of humans, not using the games to inflame outside tensions. If we(all humans) can't even put our differences aside for a few weeks every 4 years, we truly are fucked.
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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 12:21 #7

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You mean like this

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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 12:25 #8

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Phew! What a relief. Now all we have to do is get those MEstates to play nice.
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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 12:40 #9

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And what about this.


Celtic FC fans prominently displayed Palestinian flag on Wednesday during match against Israel's Hapoel Beer Sheva.
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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 12:47 #10

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What about it? Are you for such open displays of solidarity, or agin it?
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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 12:47 #11

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Cousin_Frothy wrote:
And what about this.


Celtic FC fans prominently displayed Palestinian flag on Wednesday during match against Israel's Hapoel Beer Sheva.


Hows it going frothster?
It was always going to happen!!

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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 13:14 #12

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Hows it going frothster?

Not so bad, and yourself? Btw you should have a look at this place, it's quite amusing. :chuckle: (Boots n'all)

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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 13:38 #13

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All good ta

Seems the dif had a proper clear out of the stalwarts haha.

About time!!!
It was always going to happen!!

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Egyptian judoka sent home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand 18 Aug 2016 13:45 #14

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ragnarok wrote:
What about it? Are you for such open displays of solidarity, or agin it?

I don't know, I guess it's ok if it's for the cause of the down trodden. What if it was ''no more immigrants'' flags/banners, where is the line drawn?
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