Lebanese Olympians Refuse to Train on Mat with Israelis (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 07/29/12)
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Olympic officials were forced to erect a screen between Lebanon´s and
Israel´s judo fighters on Friday after the Lebanese refused to train
on the same mat, the Israeli Olympic team said on Friday.
The incident arose after Lebanon´s two judokas found themselves next
to the five Israelis during practice at the official training venue
in Redbridge, in east London, said Nitzan Ferraro, spokesman for the
Israeli Olympic Committee.
"We started to practice. They came and they saw us - they didn´t like
it and they went to the organisers," Feraro told Reuters. "They put
up some kind of wall between us. Everyone went on and there was no
interaction between us."
The Lebanese Olympic Committee could not immediately be reached for
Organizers of the judo competition said that screens were always
available in order to ensure that competing athletes and their
coaching staff would not be able to spy on each other´s training.
Ferraro said the incident had not been a big deal for them, Reuters
"It didn´t matter for us. We don´t mix politics and sport. We had no
problem," he said.
Lebanon´s Caren Chammas and Israel´s Alice Schlesinger will both
compete in the women´s -63kg category next Tuesday but could only
meet in the final, an eventuality organizers believe is highly
unlikely. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/29/12)
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