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Netanyahu to Ori Sasson: Your Extended Hand to Egyptian Opponent Was Not Ignored

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the members of the Israeli national judo team on Wednesday and praised them for their achievements, highlighting judokas Ori Sasson and Yarden Gerbi, who both won bronze medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The prime minister focused on Sasson in particular, who made it to the spotlight when Egyptian opponent Islam El-Shehaby refused to bow or shake hands after losing to Sasson in the first round of the judo +100 kilogram category. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent El-Shehaby home following his unsportsmanlike behavior.

Netanyahu reiterated a message that was relayed to him by Egyptian officials who said that Shehaby’s actions in no way were representative of the whole Egyptian public.

“I received a message from Egypt yesterday,” Netanyahu informed the athletes. “They told me,‘I want you to know, Mr. Prime Minister, that other voices were heard in Egypt.’”

“This is an important milestone not only in sports, but in the framework of our relationship, which is not just on the governmental level, but other voices were also heard among the public,” continued Netanyahu. “Ori, your extended hand was not left without a response.”

“We know that Israel is on the global map, particularly in sports, especially Olympic sports,” declared Netanyahu.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

An Egyptian Loser

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

The Egyptian Judo Olympiad refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent, Ori Sasson, who then went on to win a bronze medal.

The Egyptian was eventually sent back home by his country’s Olympic committee.

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Or Sasson is Second Israeli Medalist at Rio Olympics, 48 Hours Later Still Not Listed on IOC Website

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Israeli judoka Or Sasson became Israel’s second Olympic medalist in Rio on Friday but 48 hours later had still not been listed as a winner, according to the official International Olympic Committee website. He was, however, listed on the Medal Count page of the Rio 2016 Olympic site.

Or Sasson on IOC website

On Saturday night after the Sabbath, President Reuven Rivlin called Sasson to congratulate him on his win.

“We are all so very proud of you. This victory attests to your willpower and ability. My grandson just told me he wants to be just like you when he grows up,” the president said.

“I feel privileged for having been given the opportunity to represent Israel,” the athlete replied.

“You showed everyone that if you want something enough, if you dare, you can make your dreams come true,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, when he called and spoke with Sasson.

Sasson won the bronze medal in judo after a close match with Cuba’s Alex Maxell Garcia Mendoza in the over-100 kg category.

Last Tuesday, female judoka Yarden Gerbi won Israel’s first bronze medal in the Rio Games.

Sasson, who turns age 26 this week, demonstrated his good sportsmanship and impeccable manners after a match with his Egyptian opponent (who lost the match) on Friday by extending his hand, as most men do after the two completed the round.

However, Islam El-Shahaby was unable to do the same and instead, walked away. Nor did he comply with the basic rules of judo and the Olympic Games, and even bow to signify mutual respect. His brutish behavior earned him a reprimand: shocked officials literally ordered El-Shahaby back to the floor to bow, while facing a booing crowd for his bad manners. He later said he was quitting judo.

The Egyptian Olympic Committee later issued a statement saying the judoka was told to “have a sporting spirit” during the match with Sasson, which conveniently appeared to have let them off the hook, and left him alone to twist in the wind.

However, it’s not that simple: there was considerable Egyptian media incitement against this athlete prior to the match, and in fact more than a few veiled threats by the Muslim Brotherhood via that media. El-Shahaby knew full well that upon his return, regardless of the kudos he might receive from relatives and government-sponsored entities, he would nevertheless also face life-threatening situations going forward.

It’s a complex situation that most people who live outside the Middle East do not understand — and could easily contribute to this young man’s frustrated decision to “quit judo,” rather than face death threats for having reached the pinnacle of his career.

“Things happen in the heat of the moment that are not acceptable,” commented Mark Adams, spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee, who said Friday the IOC is launching a probe into El-Shahaby’s refusal to shake hands with Sasson on the floor.

Adams told reporters that although not all the details had yet been made clear, “We believe the Olympic movement should be about building bridges, not erecting walls. There’s absolutely no excuse for it.”

That is true, but as most of the Iranian athletes could have told him, the choice between life and death sometimes makes it easy to just walk away.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Yarden Gerbi Wins Bronze Medal

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Israel has picked up its first medal in the Olympic Games in Rio: judoka Yarden Gerbi won a bronze medal after defeating Japanese Miku Tashiro. This is Israel’s eighth Olympic medal to date (6 of which are bronze), fourth in Judo competitions.

Judoka Sagi Muki lost to Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili in the bronze medal match.

Windsurfer Maayan Davidovich has moved up to fifth place after six races.

Windsurfer Shahar Tzuberi is in 20th place after six races.

Tennis player Dudi Sela was defeated in the second round by Belgian David Goffin 6:3, 6:3.

Swimmer Ziv Kalontarov was unable to advance to the next phase in 100 meters freestyle.

Follow the Israeli team in Rio here.


Israeli Wins Gold Medal At European Judo Competition

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

An Israeli judo competitor, Sagi Muki, on Friday won the gold medal in the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, by defeating Georgian opponent Nugzari Tatalashvli in the 73-kilogram (161-pound) weight class. The win marks Israel’s first gold medal in that competition.

“I managed to grab the opponent after he made a mistake, and I scored an ippon (the highest score a competitor can achieve in a Japanese martial arts contest),” Muki told Sport TV. “I wasn’t in a rush, and I took advantage of the opportunity that I got. I’m ecstatic.”

Muki will be awarded $10,500 (40,000 shekels) from the Israeli Olympic Committee for his victory.

JNS News Service

Brazilian Female Judo Champ Makes Aliyah

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Brazilian judo champ Camila Minakawa, who won a bronze medal in the under-21 Judo World Championships, made aliyah from Brazil to Israel Wednesday morning.

Minakawa will join the Israeli women’s Judo team, whose coach Shany Hershko and the Jewish Agency helped her make aliyah.

Minakawa, 21, has a Jewish mother who works as a Judo coach and a Japanese-Brazilian father who is an Olympic Judo referee. During her childhood, Minkawa was active in the Zionist Youth movement HaBonim Dror and has been practicing Judo since a young age. She has visited Israel a number of times and in 2009 participated in the 18th Macabee Games, where she won a gold medal in the women’s Judo event.

Hershko, the coach of the Israeli women’s Judoka team stayed in touch with Camila and mentioned aliyah when they met several months ago at an international training camp.

“Camila was very impressed by the high level of the training that the Israeli team undertakes and from the professional environment here,” according to Hershko. “Together with her mother, she decided that her place is here in Israel and she expressed a desire to represent the State of Israel in competition.

“I am certain that a sportswoman who won a bronze medal in the Under 21 World Championship will add an additional dimension and power to our talented Israel Judo team when she joins us.”

The Jewish community in Brazil numbers around 80,000, most of whom live in the capital São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian Jews maintain a strong connection with Israel, with an average of 200 making aliyah every year, and many hundreds more participating on educational programs such as Birthright or the Jewish Agency’s MASA program.

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky said, “Camila joins a family of outstanding Jewish sportsmen and women who choose to make aliyah each year, and who participate in a wide range of sports bringing great honor to Israel in international competitions.”

Jewish Press Staff

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