Israel’s national judo squad returned from the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam tournament all in smiles, and 5 medals.
Minister of Sport Miri Regev came to Ben Gurion Airport to greet the returning medalists, who gathered around her to sing the Israeli national anthem, a simple gesture denied them during the Abu Dhabi tournament.
Tal Flicker won the gold in the up to 66 kilograms weight category, while Gili Cohen (up to 73 kilograms), Peter Paltchik (up to 100 kilograms) and Ori Sasson (over 100 kilograms) walked away with the bronze.
The Abu Dhabi tournament was marred by discrimination when its organizing committee refused to allow any Israeli national symbols, including the country’s flag and anthem.
However, following a meeting between delegates of the International Judo Federation, Israel and Abu Dhabi it was declared next year the competition’s organizers will do their utmost to showcase Israeli regalia.