Published on the 26th of October 2017 in The Jerusalem Post
Israeli judoka Tal Flicker scaled the top of the podium and received his gold medal on Thursday, but the Israel national anthem was not played and the blueand- white flag was not raised in Abu Dhabi.
The 25-year-old won the under-66 kilogram category competition at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam, but he had to do so under the flag of the International Judo Federation (IJF), with the event organizers refusing to allow the Israeli team to compete under their country’s flag.
The organizers claimed that, due to security reasons, the Israelis can’t have their flag on their judo uniform and instead of having ISR by their names on the scoreboard and on their backs, they would have to take part as representatives of the IJF, the International Judo Federation.
For the same reason, they explained that should an Israeli win a gold medal, “Hatikva” would not be played.
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