Olympics 2016: Saudi Judo Competitor Forfeits Match to Avoid Israeli Opponent

Joud Fahmy,  a Saudi Arabian judo athlete refused to participate in her first-round match at the Summer Olympics in Rio Sunday, reportedly to avoid an Israeli competitor in the next round.

It has been speculated that Fahmy may have withdrawn from the match to avoid fighting 25-year-old five-time Israeli, Gili Cohen. Fahmy would have had to go up against Cohen if she won her first round, which could have put her in an uncomfortable position due to the conflict between Israelis and Arabs, the Times of Israel reported.

However, the Saudi Olympic team tweeted that Fahmy had sustained injuries to her arm and leg during training and was advised by medical staff not to compete, Ynet news reported. Read More