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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when an Egyptian competitor refused to shake hands with the Israeli who beat him. Cheap NFL Jerseys China .Islam El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw from the first-round heavyweight bout against Or Sasson.With about a minute and a half left in the bout, Sasson earned an automatic victory with two throws of El Shehaby.The Egyptian lay flat on his back for a moment before rising and standing opposite Sasson in front of the referee. When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away, shaking his head.The referee called the 34-year-old El Shehaby back to the mat and obliged to him to bow; he gave a quick nod and was loudly booed as he exited.Competitors in the Japanese martial art typically bow or shake hands at the beginning and end of a match as a sign of respect.El Shehaby refused to comment.Sasson advanced to the semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Teddy Riner of France. In the repechage competition, however, he won a bronze medal.Later, Sasson said his coaches had warned him that El Shehaby might refuse to shake his hand even though the two have never fought before.I knew he would do it, so it wasnt a surprise for me, he said. But I cannot say anything. This was his decision.Having been taught that one of the first principles of judo was to respect ones opponent, Sasson said it was a little bit weird that El Shehaby declined to shake his hand, although the gesture didnt affect him.For me, it doesnt matter because Im a professional fighter, he said.Sasson, 25, described Friday as a difficult day after four years of preparation but that he was satisfied with the outcome.Now Im thinking only about my medal, he added.The International Olympic Committee set up a disciplinary commission to look into the incident.Things happen in the heat of the moment that are not acceptable, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. We believe the Olympic movement should be about building bridges, not erecting walls. Theres absolutely no excuse for it.He acknowledged that sometimes athletes cant bring themselves to shake hands with their competitors.Its a shame if that happens, Adams said.The International Judo Federation called it a sign a progress that the bout even took place between the two athletes.This is already a big improvement that Arabic countries accept to (fight) Israel, spokesman Nicolas Messner said in an email. The competitors were under no obligation to shake hands, but a bow is mandatory, he added.Even though El Shehaby ultimately bowed, his attitude will be reviewed after the games to see if any further action should be taken, Messner said, adding that the ethics commission of judos governing body would review the incident after the Olympics.Ofir Gendelman, Arabic language spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called the incident shocking. In a Twitter post, he said it goes against the spirit of Rio 2016, writing in Arabic said that sports are not the field for politics and extremism.Egypts Olympic Committee distanced itself from what El Shehaby did, saying he was alerted before the match to abide by all the rules and to have sporting spirt during his match with the Israeli player.What the player did after the match, and not shaking hands with his rival, is a personal action, the committee said in a statement.Similar incidents have happened before between Israeli and Arab judo athletes. At the quarterfinals of the 2011 judo Grand Slam in Moscow, Egyptian Ramadan Darwish refused to shake hands with Israeli Arik Zeevi. The next year, Darwish again declined to shake hands with Zeevi after beating the Israeli in their quarterfinal match at a tournament in Dusseldorf.On Thursday, Moutaz Matar, a TV host of the Islamist-leaning network Al-Sharq, had urged El Shehaby to withdraw.My son, watch out. Dont be fooled, or fool yourself, thinking you will play with the Israeli athlete to defeat him and make Egypt happy, he said. Egypt will cry; Egypt will be sad and you will be seen as a traitor and a normalizer in the eyes of your people.Egyptians clearly were divided before the match over whether El Shehaby should compete or withdraw, and there was a mixed reaction on social media afterward. Many blamed him for embarrassing the country, although some felt sympathy for El Shehaby, saying he was put under a lot of pressure.In a Facebook post, journalist Galal Nassar said: As long as you agreed to play an Israeli champion in the Olympics, you should have exchanged the greeting.He wrote that El Shehabys move backfired, and the Israeli athlete ended up with more sympathy. We have lost in terms of sports and politics, Nassar said.Egypt was the first country in the Arab world to sign a peace treaty and normalize relations with Israel after decades of war.---Michael reported from Cairo. 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Friday, September 23Cronulla Sharks ($2.20) vs North Queensland Cowboys ($1.70), Allianz Stadium at 7:55pmTeam news: The week off has been timely for Cronulla -- the Sharks naming both explosive forward Sam?Tagataese and captain Paul Gallen; the skippers back injury has seen him on light duties but he has declared himself a certain starter after missing the qualifying final in week one.Joseph Paulo will miss the game with a knee injury while Wade Graham should play but has been monitored since suffering concussion early in the win against Canberra.Cowboys forward Ethan Lowe has already been ruled out for the season and will undergo spinal surgery this week. Co-captain Matt Scott continues to nurse a back injury but has been named, while the premiers will be boosted by the return of centre Kane Linnett. Winger Antonio Winterstein has however been ruled out with his place taken by Javid Bowen.Key head-to-head: Jason Taumalolo vs Paul GallenThis clash will be a worth the price of admission alone and threatens to shake the very foundations of Allianz Stadium.Its the young bull in Jason Taumalolo against the old warhorse in Paul Gallen. The toughness of the Sharks veteran can never be questioned but Im not sure it will be enough to get the better of the Cowboys wrecking ball.Taumalolo credits Gallen as the player he idolises more than any other and both have racked up an average of more than 160 metres with the ball each game this season.This could possibly be Gallens last big chance to ice his glittering career with a premiership and it might just be possible if he can conquer Taumalolo on Friday night.Sharks:?1. Ben Barba 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Valentine Holmes 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Michael Ennis 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (c)?Interchange:?14. Gerard Beale 15. Chris Heighington 16. Kurt Capewell 17. Jason Bukuya 18. Sam TagataeseCowboys:?1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin ONeill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Javid Bowen 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston (c) 8. Matt Scott (c) 9. Jake Granville 10. James Tamou 11. Gaviin Cooper 12. Wholesale Stitched NFL Jerseys. . Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo Interchange: 14. Rory Kostjasyn 15. John Asiata 16. Scott Bolton 17. 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Interesting comments, but punters have brushed that aside as North Queensland go in as favourites.Weather:?Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of a morning shower and a temperature of 17 degrees at kick-off.Prediction:?A preliminary final isnt exactly unfamiliar territory for Cronulla but they are unfamiliar with winning them. The Sharks have lost at this stage of the finals on six previous occasions since their last grand final appearance in 1978.?The Sharks are a better side than the team that were thumped 39-0 by the Cowboys in last years finals series, but I am not certain they have improved enough to exact revenge on the reigning premiers.I believe North Queensland have too many weapons, too much big game experience and they also have the two JTs -- in my opinion Johnathan Thurston is the best back in the world and Jason Taumalolo is the best forward in the world and that alone makes it too hard to tip against the Cowboys.Tip: Cowboys by 8Enter your ESPNfootytips NRL selections Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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