Aug 17, 2016

    Egyptian judoka sent home for snubbing Israeli

    EGYPTIAN judoka Islam El Shehaby was sent home from Rio on Monday after refusing to shake hands with an Israeli opponent, sports officials said.

    El Shehaby was beaten by Or Sasson in their heavyweight first round encounter last week.

    At the end of the bout,

    he refused to bow to the Israeli or shake his hand.

    In judo, it is customary

    to both bow to opponents

    - a sign of respect in Japan - and shake hands after

    a bout is over.

    "The Disciplinary Commission (DC) considered that his behaviour at the end of the competition was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values," said

    an International Olympic Committee spokesman following a meeting of the body's disciplinary commission.

    "As well as a severe reprimand, the DC has asked the Egyptian Olympic Committee to ensure in future that all their athletes receive proper education on the Olympic values before coming to the Olympic Games."

    The 32-year-old El Shehaby, a world championship medallist in 2010, had faced pressure on social media and from hardline Islamist groups in

    his homeland to withdraw from the fight.