Muslim Olympian Refuses To Shake Israeli Opponent’s Hand – Gets a RUDE Wakeup Call
Last Friday, Egyptian judo fighter Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent, Or Sasson, after the latter defeated him in their bout. Afterwards, this show of disrespect came back to bite El Shehaby, a proud Muslim, in a big way.
According to Western Journalism, El Shehaby was reprimanded and sent home early from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for his unsportsmanlike behavior.
Sassoon defeated El Shehaby on August 12 with more than a minute remaining in their match. He then went over to shake the Egyptian’s hand, but El Shehaby avoided Sasson’s goodwill gesture and instead exited the mat to loud booing.
The Associated Press reported that El Shehaby received a “severe reprimand” for what he had done before being sent home by the Egyptian Olympic Committee. The IOC deemed El Shehaby’s conduct to be “contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values.”
“The Egyptian Olympic Committee has also strongly condemned the actions of Mr Islam El Shehaby and has sent him home … The President of the National Olympic Committee issued a statement saying they respected all athletes and all nations at the Olympic Games,” the IOC said in a statement.
Israeli team press attaché Brurya Bigman told The Telegraph that this display of disrespect was likely a “psychological thing.”
“This is his problem. It’s not our problem,” Bigman said.
El Shelby meanwhile claims he did not violate any rules by refusing to shake Sassoon’s hand.
“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 reportedly told L’Esprit du Judo. “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.”
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