Egyptian judoka Islam el-Shehaby booed for not shaking hands with Israeli Or Sasson at Rio Olympics

Egypt’s Islam el-Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israel’s Or Sasson after their judo match at the Rio Games on Friday morning, drawing boos from the crowd at the Carioca Arena 2.

Shehaby, 32, had been reportedly pressured by fans in social media not to show up for his scheduled fight with his Israeli opponent because it would shame Islam, but he decided not to withdraw from the match.

After Sasson had defeated Shehaby and the two retook their places in front of the referee, Sasson bowed and approached Shehaby to shake his hand but the Egyptian backed away.

Read the story by Chris Gallagher in the Sydney Morning Herald.