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Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine (blue) competing in 2021. Credit: International Judo Federation.

Algerian judoka gets 10-year ban for refusing to compete against Israeli in Tokyo

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The International Judo Federation (IJF) has banned Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine and his coach, Ammar Benkhalaf, from participating in activities or competitions for 10 years after the athlete withdrew from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic...
Diego Schwartzman. Photo by Howard Blas.

Jews (and even an Israeli) match rackets at US Open

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When Diego Schwartzman outlasted Kevin Johnson in Wednesday night’s rain-drenched match—requiring relocation from Louis Armstrong to Arthur Ashe Stadium mid-game—he became the identified Jewish player who is guaranteed to go deepest in this year’s...
Fatah Central Committee secretary and president of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibril Rajoub speaks during a press conference in Ramallah on Feb. 12, 2014. Photo by Issam Rimawi/Flash90.

Watchdog: IOC must take action against PA for urging boycotts of Israeli athletes

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Palestinian Media Watch sent a complaint to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) against the chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee for his support of boycotts against Israeli athletes. PMW wrote in its letter to the IOC on...

‘Thrill of victory and agony of defeat’? Paralympic athletes are already winners, say Israelis

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Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka and the sports world, meet Pascale Bercovitch, Shraga Weinberg, Moran Samuel and Doron Shaziri. Olympians Biles and Osaka have helped raise awareness about mental health in sports. And the four...
Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram (bottom) posing with her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Village. Source: Facebook/Israel Olympic Committee.

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

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Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel’s record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and men’s gymnast Artem Dolgopyat, both of whom captured...
Israeli world champion judoka Sagi Muki (right) and Iranian champion Saeid Mollaei embrace at the Paris Grand Slam, Feb. 10, 2020. Source: Instagram.

Iranian judo defector Mollaei dedicates Olympics silver medal to Israel

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Iranian defector Saeid Mollaei, who now represents Mongolia, dedicated his silver medal to the State of Israel after the match on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. “This medal is also dedicated to Israel, and I...
Israel’s national women’s judo coach Shani Hershko (left) with Iranian judoka Vahid Sarlak. Source: Screenshot.

Iranian judoka, Israeli coach record message about peace, friendship in sports

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Iranian judoka Vahid Sarlak and Israel’s national women’s judo coach Shani Hershko filmed a message about keeping politics out of sports at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I am next to Israeli athletes. I have a great...
Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul. Source: Israel Olympic Committee/Facebook.

Second judoka refuses to compete against Israeli opponent in Tokyo Olympics

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A second judoka dropped out of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in order to avoid facing an opponent from Israel. Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool weighed in earlier for his match against Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul in...
Avishag Semberg, 19, celebrates her bronze medal win at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, July 24, 2021. Photo by Amit Shissel/Israeli Olympic Committee.

Avishag Semberg takes bronze in Israel’s first-ever Olympic medal in taekwondo

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Israeli athlete Avishag Semberg won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Saturday. The medal is Israel’s first at the Tokyo games, its first in taekwondo and its 10th...
In Kaunas, Lithuania, a football match between HaKoach Vienna and the local Maccabi team, on Jan. 8, 1925. Credit: Yad Vashem Photo Archives.

Yad Vashem marks Olympics with online exhibitions of Jewish, non-Jewish athletes

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Gymnast Estella Agsteribbe was one of five Jewish women to participate in the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928. She was a trailblazer not only as a Jewish athlete, but as one of the first women...