Two Israeli athletes won medals on Thursday at the Grand Slam, a prestigious international Judo competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), but were treated disgracefully at the presentation ceremony. The two young athletes handled it with grace, nonetheless.
When Gili Cohen was presented with her bronze medal in the women’s under -114 pounds category, her uniform was conspicuously devoid of a flag patch designating her country of origin. The organizers of the event had insisted that the Israeli athletes could compete only if no Israeli flags were displayed. The announcer introduced the Israeli athletes as representing “the International Judo Federation (IJF)”, and the IJF flag rose up in front of the crowd.
When Tal Flicker was presented with his gold medal in the men’s under-145 pound category, the theme-song of the International Judo Federation blasted from the loudspeakers, but Flicker was seen mouthing words out of synch with the music. The Israeli athlete was singing Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem.
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