7 June 2020 - 15 Sivan 5780 - ט"ו סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Israel’s national anthem played at judo tournament in Abu Dhabi E-mail

Israeli lightweight judoka (judo competitor) Sagi Muki won a gold medal at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2018 judo tournament and heard Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah, played during the medal ceremony.

It was the first time that the anthem had been played in Abu Dhabi. The tournament took place from 27 to 29 October. The national anthem was played again for a second time after semi heavyweight judoka Peter Paltchik had won a gold medal.

The Israeli team was welcomed to the tournament under the auspices of the governing body of the International Judo Federation (IJF). In July, the IJF cancelled the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and the Tunis Grand Prix, “until governmental guarantee is given to ensure free and equal participation of all nations at the said events”.

The Abu Dhabi event was reinstated after the UAE Judo Federation confirmed in an official letter to the IJF that all nations participating in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam would do so “under equal conditions”. That historic decision enabled all nations, including Israel, to display their national insignia and to have their national anthem played.

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