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Judo: Israeli judokas won gold and bronze medals at the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the Grand Prix stage on judo. The power of this Arab country has granted visas to participate in the competition 12 Israeli athletes with the condition that they will act under the flag of the International judo Federation.

Attempts of the President of the international judo Federation Marius Vizer, to convince the organizers of the competition, was not successful. The Israelis, though it was allowed to get on the Mat, but is forbidden to compete under their national flag. Athletes also had to unpick Israeli flags from their forms and agree that in the case of «gold» in their honor does not sound «A-Tikva» the national anthem of Israel.

In addition, this year athletes were asked to exercise caution when visiting Abu Dhabi. Members of the team may have put any of their photos on the social network since the beginning of the competition.

Formerly known judoka a member of the Knesset Constantine Razvozov («Yesh Atid») on this occasion said: «This is one of the most important tournaments for judo and we can not allow the Israeli team played without state symbols and the flag of the International judo Federation. This is a real diplomatic incident, this is another attempt of de-legitimization of Israel, another bow to supporters of terror.»

The composition of the Israeli team: Daniel Ben David (weight category up to 60 kg), tal Flicker, Baruch Shmailov (both — to 66 kg), Item Butbul (to 73 kg), the Saga of Flour (to 81 kg), Peter Finger (up to 100 kg), Or Sasson (over 100 kg), Shira, Risoni, Noah Minsker (both 48 kg), Gili Cohen (to 52 kg), Rotem Shor (to 63 kg) and Yarden Myerson (78 kg).

After the first day of tournament the national team of Israel, called the team of the International judo Federation, takes in the team standings in second place, winning one gold, one bronze medals and took one fifth (also gives points).

Lead the Russians, who won two gold and one bronze medali.

The winner in weight category to 66 kg was the Israeli tal Flicker.

In the final he won against Azerbaijanian Niata Shakhalizadeh.

In the preliminary round of the tal Flicker defeated Belarusian Dmitry Shershun and Mongol Tumorales of Devadurga.

In the semifinals, the Israelis defeated the Kazakh of Yeldos Zhumakanov, winning in the preliminary round of Israeli Baruch Shmailov.

Tal Flicker — bronze medalist of the world championship 2017, the winner of the tournament «Grand slam» in Baku in 2017, the winner of Grand Prix in Cancun in 2017.

Gili Cohen (weight category up to 52 kg) won the bronze medal. In the preliminary round, she defeated the Portuguese Leandro Freitas and the Swiss miss Evelyn Chop. In the semifinals, the Israeli lost the Belgian charlaine van Snik. In the match for third place she won Joan Ramos (Portugal).

Shira, Risoni (up to 48 kg) in the match for third place lost to Argentine Paula Pareto.

Judo: Israeli judokas won gold and bronze medals at the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi 26.10.2017

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