The confrontation of the Saudi judoka, Tahani Al-Qahtani, 21, sparked widespread controversy on social media, after her decision to face her Israeli counterpart, Raz Hershko, tomorrow, Friday, at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
Tahani Al-Qahtani and the controversy
The confrontation of the Saudi player Al-Qahtani against her Israeli competitor, Hershko in judo, in the role of 32, weighing 78 kg, received wide attention from the Saudis, who were divided between supporters and opponents of participation, while she received support and support on the official level for the player to enter that confrontation.
— Gorgeous (@gorgeous4ew) July 26, 2021
The training of the Saudi player, Tahani Al-Qahtani, witnessed the presence of the Saudi Minister of Sports, Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Saud, to support her and obtain the green light to enter that confrontation against her Israeli counterpart, Hershko.
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Some, in their tweets on social media, saw that the match falls within the context of an international sporting event and should not be mixed with political issues, while it was considered to fall within the Arab enmity with an Israeli and that Al-Qahtani should withdraw from that confrontation.
Tahani Al-Qahtani and politics
The Saudi writer Abdul Rahman Al-Lahim wrote on the Twitter platform, “Tahani will be a hero in our eyes in all cases, and sports have nothing to do with politics, and Saudi Arabia and its Prime Time Zone do not belong to the urgent peoples on the ground that feed on noise and slogans.”
From the Instagram story update, Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal with Tahani Al-Qahtani..
– Rehab (@rehaballl) July 27, 2021
While the Saudi writer Khaled Al-Duhail said, “It is better for the Saudi judoka to withdraw from the match against her Israeli counterpart, and Saudi Arabia does not recognize this country and the Saudi Prime Time Zone consider it an occupying state imposed by the logic of naked power.”
Pictures of our national team players, Tahani Al-Qahtani and Yasmine Dabbagh, decorate the facade of Adair Tower 💚🇸🇦
We are all supporters and supporters of the champions of the kingdom pic.twitter.com/SzGTfFUUJ8
— Abdul Rahman bin Ali |📚 (@i_ra7man1) July 29, 2021
Al-Duhail added, “The withdrawal in front of the Israeli player in this case, as an individual or as a Jew, is to reject the project of the Israeli occupation state that it represents.”
Saudi Arabia is preparing for Al-Qahtani to confront its Israeli theory, Hershko, next Friday, without discouraging its decision to withdraw from that match after receiving support and support from the official authorities.
Fathi Noreen and the withdrawal
Algerian judoka, Fathi Norine, refused to play a confrontation with his Israeli opponent in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
As well as the Sudanese Muhammad Abdul Rasoul in support of the Palestinian cause and support for the Palestinian Prime Time Zone, who refused to withdraw from the match against his Israeli counterpart, Tohar Putbul, weighing 73 kg.
— The Saudi Post (@TheSaudi_post) July 24, 2021
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which started on July 23, will continue until August 8, without the presence of fans due to the repercussions of the outbreak of the Corona virus epidemic in Japan.
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