Rio 2016: Egyptian judoka refuses to greet opponent after fight

Egyptian El Shehaby (right) refuses to shake hands with his opponent after their bout.

Egyptian judoka, Islam El Shehaby created a mild drama at the ongoing Rio Olympics, as he refused to shake the hand of Israeli opponent, Or Sasson, in a major breach of judo etiquette.

Judo players typically bow or shake hands at the beginning and end of a match, as a sign of respect in the Japanese martial art.

When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby who lost the fight backed away, shaking his head. The Israeli then walked off in disgust.

Prior to the fight, El Shahaby had come under pressure from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw entirely from the Games.