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Judo: Egypt's El-Shehaby loses to Israeli opponent, declines to shake his hand

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Aug 2016
Islam El Shehaby
Egypt's Islam El Shehaby, blue, declines to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson, white, after losing during the men's over 100-kg judo competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP)
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Egyptian judoka Islam El-Shehaby declined to shake hands with Or Sasson after losing by Ippon to his Israeli opponent in the 32 round of men's 100kg event on Friday.
 
The game had created a lot of controversy before it even started as several voices in Egypt had demanded the withdrawal of El-Shehaby from the game to avoid engaging with an Israeli opponent.
 
However, president of the Judo Federation Ihab Nosseir confirmed on Thursday that El-Shehaby would contest the event.
 
After his loss, El-Shehaby snub Sasson while the latter’s arm was outstretched for a handshake.
 
He was heavily booed by the fans present at the Carioca Arena 2.
 
Judo players always bow or shake each other's hands before and after the match as a sign of respect in the Japanese martial art.
 
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