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Former Israeli judoka Yael Arad (right) poses with Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev outside the 43rd memorial service for the 1972 Munich Massacre in Tel Aviv on Sept. 9, 2015. Photo by Flash90.

Israel’s first-ever Olympic medalist to head Israeli Olympic Committee

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Israel’s first-ever Olympic medalist is breaking new ground once again, with her appointment as the first woman to ever head the country’s Olympic Committee. Yael Arad took silver in judo at the 1992 Olympic Games in...
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...
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...
An Iranian judo player at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

International Federation imposes four-year judo ban on Iran over discrimination

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The International Judo Federation suspended Iran on Thursday for attempting to prevent its athletes compete against opponents from Israel, reported The Associated Press. The IJF imposed a four-year ban that prevents Iranian judokas from competing at...
The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Credit: Maykova Galina/Shutterstock.

Activists urge Olympic Committee to sanction Iran over boycott of Israeli athletes

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A group of athletes and human-rights activists are asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to sanction Iran’s Olympic program because of the country’s repeated attempts to have its athletes avoid competing against Israelis. In a letter sent...
Linoy Ashram. Source: Photo by Ayelet Zussman/Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins two gold medals at world championship

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Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram won two gold medals and one bronze in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria this weekend. Ashram was first among 44 competitors on Saturday, after earning a score of 98.450, winning...
Israeli judoka Peter Paltchik was crowned European Judo Champion. Nov. 21, 2020. Source: Facebook.

Israeli contenders rake in international gold medals

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Judoka Peter Paltchik, 28, was crowned European Judo Champion on Nov. 21 in Prague. Tal Flicker won the silver medal. Israeli windsurfer Yoav Cohen, 21, won the 2020 European Windsurfing Champion, held in Portugal on Nov. 24. Shahar...
Israeli judoka Peter Paltchik. Source: Facebook.

Israeli judoka Peter Paltchik takes gold at European championships

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Israeli judoka Peter Paltchik took gold in the European Judo Championships’ under-100 kilogram division in Prague on Saturday, defeating Russia’s Arman Adamian. The gold was a first for Paltchik, who is considered one of Israel’s...