Egyptian Judoka Refuses to Shake Israeli Opponent’s Hand
The Olympics are supposed to be all about bringing people together.
In an example of bad sportsmanship, Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby would not shake hands with Israel’s Ori Sasson after Sasson defeated him in judo on Friday at the Summer Olympics in Rio.
— SussexFriendsIsrael (@SussexFriends) August 12, 2016
Israel and Egypt, of course, have a long and checkered history.
The decision not to shake hands is a breach of etiquette and when El Shehaby was summoned back to the mat by the referee to bow he instead gave a tiny nod of the head.
The odd encounter quickly made the rounds of social media.
— Ben Mittlelman (@BenMittelman) August 12, 2016
Israel-Egypt ties never been closer, but Egyptian judoka still won't shake hand of victorious Israeli opponent. pic.twitter.com/89YDZhoTFA
— Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) August 12, 2016
— (((Juicy Joo))) (@joojuicyjoo) August 12, 2016
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) August 12, 2016
A lot of drama at judo as Israel's Sasson beats El Shahaby of Egypt and El Shehaby refuses to shake his hand. Loud boos as he exits.
— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) August 12, 2016