Saudi judoka reportedly avoids facing Israeli in Rio Olympics

Saudi judoka reportedly avoids facing Israeli in Rio Olympics
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Joud Fahmy (Photo:
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A Saudi Arabian judoka on Sunday forfeited her first-round match at the Rio Olympic Games, in what is believed to be a move made to avoid facing Israeli judo fighter Gili Cohen in the second round according to Israeli media.

The Saudi judoka, Joud Fahmy, was to have faced off against Christianne Legentil from Mauritius, but the Saudi Olympic team claimed through Twitter that Fahmy had sustained injuries to her arm and leg during training and was advised by medical staff not to compete.

Israel's Channel 2 News, however, reported that Fahmy was not hurt and that she had simply dropped out to avoid competing against Cohen.

The incident comes two days after Lebanese athletes refused to share a bus with Israeli counterparts to get to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reprimanded the Lebanese delegation over the incident.

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