So much effort, time, and training are poured into training for the Olympics, so, when this Lebanese competitor forfeited the game over something this trivial adoring fans were left with their mouths gaping open in utter shock.
Things had already been tense between the Lebanese and the Israelis. Their countries are at war, so when they were paired with each other on buses the Lebanese team refused to sit with “lesser” team. They demanded that the Israeli athletes find a different method of transportation because their bus was too good for them. The feud between the two groups didn’t stop at the busses, however…
Israel’s athletes insisted on doing so, but the two teams were eventually taken to the ceremony in different buses.
Now, on Day 2 of the games, a Saudi Arabian judo competitor forfeited her first round match because she wouldn’t fight an Israeli…
From Times of Israel:
Saudi Arabian competitor Joud Fahmy forfeited her first-round judo match against Christianne Legentil from Mauritius at the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday, in what Hebrew media said was a maneuver to avoid facing Israeli judo fighter Gili Cohen in the next round.
The Saudi Olympic team tweeted that Fahmy had sustained injuries to her arm and leg during training and was advised by medical staff not to compete, the Hebrew language Ynet news site reported. According to Channel 2, Fahmy was not hurt, but simply dropped out to avoid competing against the Israeli judoka.
Cohen then lost to Legentil in a brief second-round bout later in the day.
Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel, though an ex-Saudi general led a delegation to Jerusalem two weeks ago, and met with Israeli officials and politicians, in the latest of a series of conciliatory moves. A former Israeli cabinet minister who met the visiting group said at the weekend that normal ties between the two countries might not be too far away.
It is incredibly childish that they wasted all of their time training just to throw it all away over petty differences. Joud Fahmy should feel like a complete idiot! Did she think she would get cooties from the other player?
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