Egyptian Islam El Shehaby has been throughout from the Rio Olympics after he refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent Or Sasson, at the end of the Judo match, which Shehaby lost. His behaviour didn’t go down with the International Olympics Committee as he went against the Games’ ‘rules of fair play’ & ‘spirit of friendship’. After the fight, when the victorious Sasson bowed and approached the Egyptian, Shehaby backed away. When called back by the referee, he gave a quick nod and left the arena amid boos from the crowd. The 32-year-old judoka was reportedly under pressure from fans on social media not to show up for the match against the Israeli as it would reflect badly on Islam. “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. 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, ” he explained on social media.
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