The International Judo Federation is considering whether to take action against an Egyptian judoka who refused to shake hands with his Israeli competitor, to whom he lost at the 2016 Olympics.
UnitedwithIsrael (h/t Judith R) Egyptian judo fighter Islam El Shehaby was loudly booed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, after his first-round loss to Israel’s fifth-ranked Or Sasson, for refusing to shake Sasson’s hand in a major breach of judo etiquette.
Sasson defeated El Shehaby with two throws for an automatic victory, with about a minute and a half remaining in the bout.
Afterwards, El Shehaby lay flat on his back for a moment before standing to take his place before Sasson, in front of the referee. When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away, shaking his head. The referee then called El Shehaby back to the mat and ordered him to bow; El Shehaby gave a quick nod of his head.
Egypt’s minister for youth and sports was quoted as saying, “we have to accept competition with everyone regardless of anything.”