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Egyptian judoka sent home from Rio Olympics

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Egyptian judoka sent home from Rio Olympics

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Egyptian judoka Islam el-Shahabi (in blue) has been sent home from the Rio Olympics by his national team for refusing to shake hands with an Israeli judoka.

El-Shahabi lost to Israeli Or Sasson in a qualifying fight in the 100 kilo category last Friday.

When Sasson bowed – as is custom in judo after a fight – El-Shahabi stayed upright, and when Sasson approached to shake hands the Egyptian snubbed the gesture.

A very big Olympic no no.

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