Egyptian athlete sent home from Rio after refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand
El Shehaby refused to shake the hand of rival Or Sasson at the end of their first-round match on Friday, much to the annoyance of the crowd who booed. The referee then requested El Shehaby bow, after which he gave a quick nod.
The IOC said on Monday that the Egyptian's conduct "was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in Olympic values” and handed down a "severe reprimand", sending the 34-year-old home.
The Egyptian Olympic Committee also "strongly condemned" El Shehaby's actions, according to AP.
The ruling was broadly welcomed on social media, with many branding it the right decision and that there was no place for politics at the Olympics.
Others even went a little further, saying that El Shehaby had “no manners” and that “evil starts in the heart.”
Egyptian athlete sent from Rio home for refusing to shake Israeli opponent's hand https://t.co/qrW08m5cj1 (evil begins in the heart)— momwithboys (@momwithboys) August 15, 2016
@IsraelNewsFirst Good decision. Shameful person. No sportsmanship, no Olympic spirit— YACITPO (@YACITPO) August 15, 2016
Another noted that that it was good to see the IOC “finally” take a stand “for the Olympic principle.”
@IsraelNewsFirst amazed they had the stones to do this— Buck Smith (@NelsonDaleSmith) August 15, 2016
There were some morsels of support for El Shehaby with some citing the conflict between Israel and Palestine as a legitimate reason for not shaking hands with Or Sasson.