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While the Olympics are supposed to exemplify the camaraderie and sportsmanship of all athletes as they come together on the world stage, some people are just unable to put aside old prejudices or political beliefs. Such was the case when Islam El Shehaby, a judoka fighting for Egypt, refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent following a loss in a first-round match. Even though Egypt and Israel have a treaty and fairly normalized relations on a national level, El Shehaby could not bring himself to shake hands with—or even bow to—Or Sasson, the judoka from the Jewish state. Both the IOC and the Egyptian Olympic Committee condemned El Shehaby's actions, and he soon found himself on a plane heading back to Egypt, his Olympics at an end.

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