Muslims are representing in Rio. So far we have:
- Muslim boxer sexually assaults two Brazilian cleaning ladies
- Lebanese Olympics Team Wouldn’t Allow Israelis to Board Shared Bus, and two more incidents below…
A Saudi judo competitor pulled out of her first-round match at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday, ahead of a prospective second-round bout tie with an Israeli rival.
However, Israeli and Saudi accounts offered different reasons for Joud Fahmy’s withdrawal.
Israeli press reports claimed Fahmy decided to leave the competition because she could meet Gili Cohen, a 25-year-old five-time Israeli champion, in the next round if she managed to secure a victory against Christianne Legentil from Mauritius.
But the Saudi Olympic Delegation tweeted that Fahmy’s withdrawal from the games was because of injuries she had picked up in training, and not for political reasons. The Saudi medical team had advised her not to participate, the tweet said.
Saudi Arabia does not recognize the State of Israel, but a Saudi delegation traveled to Jerusalem in July to meet with Israeli officials, in a sign of warming ties between the two countries.
In the end, Legentil advanced from the initial round of 32 by default after Fahmy’s withdrawal, moving into the round of 16 to face Cohen, who she beat.
In another move that angered Israeli officials, the Lebanese delegation at the Games refused to permit Israeli competitors on board their bus, giving rise to lingering political tensions between the two countries.
Israel and Lebanon are still technically at war since the 2006 conflict between Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah and the Israeli military. Organizers were forced to put Israeli athletes on a separate bus.
Related Jew-hatred: Syrian boxer refuses to compete against Israeli, quits boxing tournament
A Syrian boxer on Saturday quit the world boxing championship in Azerbaijan after he refused to compete against an Israeli rival.
The first round match between Syrian Ala Ghasoun and the Israeli fighter was scheduled to place at the tournament which is a precondition to qualifying for the upcoming 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.
“I quit the competition because my rival was Israeli, and I cannot shake his hand or compete against him while he represents a Zionist regime that kills the Syrian people,” Ghasoun said according to Arab media, The Jerusalem Post reported.
“If I fight against him, it would mean that I, as a athlete, and Syria, as a state, recognize the state of Israel,” Ghasoun added.
“The decision to quit was not mine,” the Syrian boxer said. “It was made by the Syrian Sports Federation and by senior Syrian officials. It was a very difficult decision, because I have worked hard to participate in the championship. But I serve my homeland – my honor and my loyalty belong to Syria.”
Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the Golan has been tense, with a growing number of mostly stray rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, prompting the occasional armed response.