OLYMPICS: EGYPTIAN JUDOKA SENT HOME FOR REFUSING HANDSHAKE WITH ISRAELI OPPONENT

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, – An Egyptian judo athlete has been sent home, after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Monday.

According to China’s Xinhua news agency, the IOC said, Islam El Shehaby, received a “severe reprimand” for his behaviour, following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.

When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away. The referee called the 34-year-old El Shehaby back to the mat and demanded him to bow.

He gave a quick nod before walking off, amid loud boos from the crowd.

The IOC said in a statement that, the Egyptian’s conduct “was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship, embodied in the Olympic values.”

Source: Name News Network