Everyone loves to talk about how sports brings nations together, especially around Olympics time. Athletes cross national borders, make friends with athletes from enemy nations, yadda yadda, blah blah blah.
Except it’s mostly bullshit.
Because this is what happened during a wrestling tournament in Italy between Egyptian and Israeli wrestlers. Women wrestlers, I might add.
In the semi-final, Kartysh met the African champion, Anas Mostafa of Egypt. At the beginning of the match, Mostafa refused to shake hands with her. During the fight, she broke two of the Israeli’s fingers and bit her in the back – causing her to bleed. At the end of the match, unsurprisingly, she refused to shake hands with her again.
The Israeli wrestler won, so the Egyptian had to suck on it and listen to the Israeli national anthem play as Kartysh accepted the gold medal. But this is an example of the extreme hatred of Israel that has been generated throughout the Middle East. Don’t bother looking for a reason: It’s hatred.
“From the beginning of the match, when she didn’t come over to shake my hand – I knew something was wrong. I felt some kind of hatred towards me and I don’t know why, maybe it has to do with politics and maybe not, but it’s never happened to me before. She really attacked me.
I was surprised the Egyptian wasn’t disqualified for biting, but then I remembered–oh, that’s right. The Exception Clause is in effect. Biting disqualifies a wrestler–except when it’s done against a Jew.