Egyptian judo athlete Islam El Shehaby sent home after refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand

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Islam El Shehaby, Egyptian Judo Athlete, Refuses Israeli Or Sasson's Handshake

Egyptian judo athlete Islam El Shehaby has been reprimanded and sent home from Rio 2016 after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent's hand.

The International Olympic Committee says El Shehaby received a "severe reprimand" for his behaviour following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson last Friday.

Islam El Shehaby and Or Sasson.
El Shehaby refused to shake his opponent Or Sasson's hand (Markus Schreiber/AP)

Islam El Shehaby and Or Sasson.
El Shehaby has been reprimanded by the IOC (Markus Schreiber/AP)

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.

Islam El Shehaby and Or Sasson.
The Egyptian was booed by the audience as he left the stage (Markus Schreiber/AP)

The IOC said the Egyptian's conduct "was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values", adding that the Egyptian Olympic Committee also "strongly condemned" El Shehaby's actions "and has sent him home".

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Sasson has returned home with a bronze medal after coming third in the 100kg category.

Israel's Or Sasson.
Sasson on the podium wearing his bronze medal (Markus Schreiber/AP)