The athlete said he did not want to shake hands with an Israeli, nor was he obliged to do so under judo rules, but the IOC said his behavior went against the rules and spirit of the Olympic Games and the rules of fair play.
"The President of the National Olympic Committee issued a statement saying they respected all athletes and all nations at the Olympic Games," the IOC said in a statement.
El Shehaby, 32, had reportedly been pressured by fans on social media not to show up for the match with his Israeli opponent, who went on to win bronze in the 100kg category, because it would shame Islam.
When called back by the referee to bow, El Shehaby gave a quick nod before walking off amid loud boos from the crowd .
No, says Benjamin Wittes, the editor of the national security blog Lawfare.
Wittes, who happens to be a martial arts aficionado himself, has chided Putin as a “fraud” and a “phony,” and is trying to call his bluff by challenging the Russian strongman to a fight in any location where Putin lacks the authority to have him arrested.
Shaking hand of your opponent is not an obligation written in the judo rules. Yesterday in 100kg we were 31 from all around the world. I precise that I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs.
But for personal reasons, you can’t ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this State, especially in front of the whole world.