Olympics: Egyptian Judoka Who Wouldn’t Shake Israeli’s Hand Sent Home
Sportsmanship pays off. Or at least, lack thereof costs.
That's the lesson potentially learned by Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby, who was sent home by the IOC for not shaking hands with an Israeli competitor.
It was a move that made headlines last week and led the International Olympics Committee to serve a "severe reprimand" to El Shehaby, according to the Associated Press.
IOC reprimands Egyptian who wouldn’t shake Israeli’s hand
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponent's hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday.
The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a "severe reprimand" for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.
Israel basking in success in its “national sport” of judo
JERUSALEM (AP) — Forget the handshake that wasn't — Israel is delighted with something much more unusual: international athletic success.
While an Egyptian judoka's refusal to shake hands with his Israeli opponent at the Rio Olympics reverberated worldwide, in Israel the focus is on national Olympic medals — something far more novel than Middle East tensions.
The country entered the 2016 games with twice as many Nobel laureates as Olympic medalists.
Egyptian judo athlete refuses to shake Israeli’s hand
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when an Egyptian competitor refused to shake hands with the Israeli who beat him.
Islam El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw from the first-round heavyweight bout against Or Sasson.
With about a minute and a half left in the bout, Sasson...
Etiquette of judo integral to Japanese martial art
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Judo is a Japanese martial art that was developed in the 19th century based on principles of self-defense. Its creator, Jigoro Kano, combined elements of jiu jitsu, wrestling and karate with other styles of fighting.
The combat sport typically uses the opponent's force against him, forbids striking and is not intended to do serious damage to rivals; even the sport's most violent holds give competitors the chance to tap out.
An Egyptian judoka refused the customary post-match handshake with an Israeli competitor Friday.
Known for his anti-Israel views, Egypt's Islam El Shehaby allegedly considered withdrawing from the 100-kilogram match in the Rio Olympics. Once he lost the match, he ignored Israeli Or Sasson's attempt to shake hands.
El Shehaby reportedly didn't explain himself afterward and it is possible his unsportsmanlike conduct sprung from losing the match.