Egyptian Judo Player Refuses to Shake Hands With Opponent From Israel After Olympic Match
Islam El Shehany, a Judo player from Egypt, refused to shake hands after losing his Olympic match to Ori Sasson of Israel on Friday.
Very sad. Egyptian Judoka Islam El Shehaby refuses to shake hands with Israeli Ori Sasson after losing. https://t.co/vZYZZZhItq
— Raphael Gellar (@Raphael_Gellar) August 12, 2016
As you can see in the footage above, Sasson walked to El Shehany and extended his hand. El Shehany backed away. Sasson kept walking toward him, and Shehany continued to retreat.
“That is extremely rare in judo,” American coach Jimmy Pedro said in a report published by The New York Times. “It is especially disrespectful considering it was a clean throw and a fair match. It was completely dishonorable and totally unsportsmanlike on the part of the Egyptian.”
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